Enchanting Seppa set to allure tourists during KRF
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, Dec 26: Enchanting Seppa in East Kameng district is all set to allure tourists from January 21 with the maiden three-day Kameng River Festival (KRF) being organised for the first time in the bank of the mighty Kameng with a difference.
With the theme ‘Explore the Unexplored’, the three-day tourism extravaganza has been organised by the East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organisation (EKSWCO) in collaboration with the district administration and sponsored by the state tourism department.
“The festival will offer the most adventurous and exhilarating white water rafting, paragliding, zip-lining, rappelling and angling – both modern and traditiol including local fish-trapping. Besides, bamboo stilt walks, cycling to villages, greasy bamboo pole climbing, beach volleyball, archery and paintball will be other attractions,” festival director Ajit Tajo Som told media persons at Aruchal Press Club here today.
He said, the festival would be a rare platform for the people of the district to promote the Kameng River, as well as the district’s endangered flora and fau to the outside world.
“The KRF will create a larger platform to sensitize the people on hospitality and the adventure tourism potential of the districts,” Som said flanked by EKSWCO chairman Khya Safar Pao and marketing mager of the festival Mara Kocho.
“The district inhabited by five tribes mely – Nyishi, Hrusso (Aka), Sajolang (Miji), Puroik and Galo, will provide the best hospitality to the tourists during the festival by offering a wide range of accommodation facilities including home-stay besides offering mouthwatering local delicacies at a reasoble price,” Som disclosed.
Responding to media queries, he said that in a departure from the past, the KRF would be a people-centric festival with involvement of people from all strata of the society rather being a VIP-centric usually seen in all other festivals organised in the state.
Pao informed that in the food festival, a part of the main event, wildlife meat would be banned, a resolution adopted by the 38-year-old EKSWCO recently. Moreover, he said, the festival would be plastic free and only traditiol bamboo-made utensils would be used.
When asked on the status of Puroiks, who are treated as bonded labourers by the Nyishi community in the district, Pao categorically said that the EKSWCO was trying its best to unit all the tribes of the district and the Puroiks have been given equal opportunity to highlight their rich cultural heritage during the festival.
Referring to the cleanliness of Seppa, the district headquarters, Pao informed that colony-wise committees have been constituted to carry out cleanliness drive in their respective colonies under the supervision of the EKSWCO, while funds have been placed to construct public toilet in each colonies for use during the festival.