Kokrajhar: The Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) Tourism Department is going to host 1st Bodoland International paragliding Accuracy Championship from November 10 to 15 at Ontaigufur, Dangdhufur Chokrosila wildlife sanctuary in Kokrajhar.
Speaking to newsmen, Mahan Chandra Brahma, Director-cum-CHD Tourism Department, said the Bodoland Territorial Council Tourism department has started paragliding adventure sports from 2013 at Bhaokungri Festival and since then they have finally entered at international paragliding map. He asserted that the BTC tourism department was generating employment by building opportunities on paragliding to local youths and making them self-employed and the department has been supporting and motivating them to ensure that they are equipped with all the techniques in safe flying.
Bodoland Tourism has three paragliding pilots and launched commercial flies regularly at Ontai Gufur in Dangdhufur Hills, Kokrajhar.
Braham said that around 70 pilots from several countries and pilots from India will be participating in the 1st Bodoland International Paragliding Accuracy Championship. He added that as many as 15 countries including Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Switzerland and national pilots from Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Pune, Manali will be participating in the event.
The Director of Tourism said in respect of adventure tourism, they proposed for organizing the 1st Bodoland Paragliding Championship, 2019 at international level for identification and promotional purposes.
He said that the BTC tourism department has been aiming at establishing a paragliding training centre near at Dangdhufur Ontai-Gufur in Chokrasila wildlife sanctuary in Kokrajhar to train up the local youths as well as across the Northeast.