GUWAHATI, Nov 5: Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said that the first ever three day Rising Sun Water Fest 2022 held at Umiam Sports Complex in Meghalaya has taken the water and adventurous sports altogether to a new height.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the fest at Umiam in Meghalaya on Saturday, chief minister Sarma said that the fest has provided a unified platform to different clubs and sports persons to showcase their sporting skills. Thanking the organiser namely Eastern Command of Indian Army, Gajraj Corps and Red Horns Division for organising the fest, CM Sarma said that Umiam Lake, where the fest was held, will be transformed into an attractive tourism hub.
“Had a wonderful time witnessing a regatta at Umiam lake, Meghalaya at the closing ceremony of Rising Sun Water Fest. Appreciate Indian Army, especially Eastern Command, Gajraj Corps & Red Horns Division for facilitating clubs & players across the country to showcase their skills,” CM Sarma said in a social media post.
The chief minister also said that in future also for the promotion and patronization of rowing and other aquatic sports, Assam and Meghalaya will have to take decisive steps. He also said that both the states will have to put in concerted efforts to promote water sports in the region.
Seeking Meghalaya Government’s support, CM Sarma said that the governments of both the states will work hand in hand with the help of the Indian Army to transform Umiam into a world class venue for aquatic sports. He also hoped that with the spread of this fest, the socio-economic and infrastructural development of the region will go to a different level. He also hailed the role of the Indian Army on this occasion.
“I believe that together with my Meghalaya counterpart Shri @SangmaConrad, we can create a favourable environment in both the States where water sports like rowing and sailing can flourish and tourism gets a huge boost as well,” tweeted CM Sarma.
General Officer Commanding in Chief Eastern Command, Lieutenant General Rana Pratap Kalita, Air Officer Commanding in Chief Eastern Air Command Air Marshal Sujeet Pushpakar Dharkar, GOC 4 Corps Lieutenant General D.S. Rana, GOC 21 Mountain Division Major General S. Murugesan and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.