Guwahati : The ‘Rally of Arunachal’ – the third round of MRF FMSCI’s (Federation of the Motorsports Clubs of India) Indian National Rally Championships (INRC) was flagged off by Chief Minister, Pema Khandu at State Convention Centre on Friday.
Addressing the participants at the rally, the chief minister said such events would help promote tourism in Arunachal, and that the state looks forward to hosting such events on a larger scale in the days to come as Arunachal offers great destination for adventure tourism. Khandu further said that Arunachal offers great places for off-roading events. He also informed that Arunachal will host its biggest tourism festival in Arunachal extending to about 10 days in Pasighat.
Talking to the media, Professional rallyist and a member of the organising team, Sandeep Sharma informed that the two-day event is being organised by the Motorsports Club of Arunachal (MSCA) – which is affiliated to the FMSCI , the apex governing body of motorsports in the country and will come to an end on 4 November.
Sponsored by the state tourism department and supported by the Arunachal Pradesh Police, the third round of the INRC in Itanagar will witness participation by 17 rally teams of all major automotive companies of the country, including three teams from Nagaland and one from Arunachal. The Mahindra team of ace rallyist Gaurav Gill-- the first Indian to win the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship and Amarjit Ghosh will be the top draws for the event.
The first day of the rally on November 3rd will witness the flagging off of the special stages from the service park. The special stages will be run in a controlled environment on the national highway for the thrill of the spectators.
Thereafter, there will be four runs from Chimpu to Hollongi and back to Chimpu. This will be followed by three more runs from Chipmu to Hollongi and back to Chimpu on 4 November. The podium ceremony will take place on the same day.
Arunachal Tourism Police, the first such force in Northeast India was also launched in the event. " The police Force is aimed exclusively at helping tourists and providing a safe environment for visitors to the state.
The Motorsports Club of Arunachal earlier hosted the MRF FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship in 2017.
The Rally is expected to give a lift to the tourism sector of the state which has a lot of scope for adventure tourism like Angling, Trekking, White water rafting etc.