Touchdown at Naharlagun
The first week of November saw me traveling to Itanagar in Arunachal and the memories of the trip are all still fresh and cheerful. If it wouldn’t have been about coming back for Diwali to be with family, I would have extended my trip for sure. There is so much about the state that needs to be seen and written about. But I am glad that I had my first touch-down. And not one but too many reasons took me to the capital city. From sending out message to the whole world that we are determined to ensure safety of travelers to promoting adventure sports to building on the enthusiasm of the locals, the state of Arunachal seemed welcoming in every way. Not to forget, the gorgeousness of its skies and the surrounding landscapes are endearing. I found myself nature-struck at every few steps.
The nearest railway station to Itanagar is Naharlagun.
One 46th Raising Day, the purpose of the launch of the Surakhsha app was to provide a sense of security to the tourists giving a feeling of being welcomed in the state. An enhanced security environment is an assurance for the tourists to come and explore the state. Using this App, Tourists may contact Arunachal Police for safety and Police Officials can easily determine the geo location of people in distress and provide help. The App is available at Google Play Store and MSEWA Portal.
Tourist Police was launched in 7 districts of Arunachal Pradesh to help and guide tourists about transportation, accommodation, and any other emergent services required by them. 16 (Sixteen) Scorpio vehicles have been specially designed for tourist police which shall be stationed around the iconic tourist places and shall also patrol around them.
“Safety is a key aspect for any tourist visiting a destination. The launch of Tourist Police in the state is one of the initiatives that Arunachal Pradesh Police has taken to address the perception and concern of tourists regarding safety. The initiative is being launched in seven districts of the state that includes Tawang, Bomdila, Itanagar, Ziro, Pasighat, Tezu, Namsai, and Changlang. Each of the districts has been provided with vehicles fitted with wireless communication equipment and manned by specially trained personnel to respond to the needs of any tourist in distress,” said Director General of Police (DGP), Shri SBK Singh.
RALLY OF ARUNACHAL
The motor sports competition took place at National Highway 425 from Chimpu to Hollongi near Itanagar. On 3rd November, four runs from Chimpu to Hollongi and back to Chimpu took place. This was followed by three more runs from Chipmu to Hollongi and back to Chimpu on 4th November. The highway is one of the most beautiful highways of India. It was thrilling to map it on a 4X4. I captured the participation of the locals on the Hollongi side. The guys were excited and discussed around cars, speed, championship among themselves. They were all perched at vantage points. It was encouraging to see that even the women from nearby villages had come to experience the rally and to find out what the whole helluva was about.
Top Motorsports competitors from across the country participated in the rally that was hosted by the Motorsports Club of Arunachal, which has been affiliated to the Federation of Motorsports Clubs Of India (FMSCI)– the apex governing body of Motorsports in the country. The rally featured three teams from Nagaland and one from Arunachal Pradesh. Defending champion Gaurav Gill asserted his supremacy to take a lead on day one of the Rally of Arunachal. However, he could not win due to technical glitch of his vehicle.
Amittrajit Ghosh with Ashwin Naik as co-driver finished third in the day one of the rally. Competing in the first tarmac rally of the year, Ghosh and Naik bettered their first day’s performance clocking an aggregate timing of 57:33.6 minutes. They were the winners of Rally of Arunachal 2018.