Khandu flags off Trans-Arunachal drive, hopes to bring tourism industry back on track

NAMSAI, 7 Apr: With an aim to boost adventure tourism in the state, Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Wednesday flagged off the Trans-Arunachal Drive 2021 from Namsai.

The 12 days drive along the Trans-Arunachal Highway, covering 2500 km will culminate in Tawang on 18 April. Powered by Mahindra Adventure, the drive will also touch remote locations like Dong and Geku.

Addressing the participants in the drive, including eminent journalists, bloggers and tour operators, Khandu hoped that “at the end of the trip, they will have a positive outlook of the state and understand its potentials in the tourism sector.”

“Once you go back, I believe you will carry pleasant memories and unforgettable experiences and become ambassadors of Arunachal Pradesh in your respective fields,” he said.

Khandu specifically thanked Miss World Japan 2016, Priyanka Yoshikawa and top business leaders representing JK Tyre and Mahindra Adventure who are taking part in the trip.

The CM expressed optimism that this adventurous event will put forward Arunachal as a major driving destination.

“We hope to bring the tourism industry back on its feet after the unprecedented 2020. We hope to provide a memorable experience to the members as they discover the boundless cultural steams in a giant patch of unexplored green on the country’s map. The entire state is a perfect ground for adventure sports and has emerged as the favourite driving destination of the Northeast region of India. With travellers joining us from different states of the country, we have ensured strict measures to guarantee a healthy and safe stay,” Khandu said.

Organized by the state’s Tourism department, the event is being managed by the Motorsports Club of Arunachal. The trip is being undertaken by Mahindra Adventure with specially prepared adventure vehicles with service, along with JK Tyre & Industries Ltd and a host of other associate sponsors.

Propagating a safe environment, the trip is being conducted with a series of stringent safety protocols in line with the government mandate.

Host of dignitaries, including Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Tourism Minister Nakap Nalo, Lok Sabha MP Tapir Gao and legislators Chow Zignu Namchoom, Laisam Simai, Jikke Tako, Hayang Mangfi, Ojing Tasing and Kumsi Sidisow were present in the flag-off ceremony. (CMO)