River Rafting event at Gulab Garh Paddar enters day-2, attracts huge rush of locals, water sports lovers

KISHTWAR : The River Rafting being organised by the District Administration Kishtwar, in collaboration with Indian Army, here at Gulab Garh, Paddar witnessed the par- ticipation of a huge crowd of locals and government functionaries.
The event was also marked by the massive par- ticipation of water sports lovers, adventure tourists from across the district, who enjoyed and thrilled a lot during the second day.
About 200 participants took part in the rafting rally so far with all the safety measures placed in by the organiser. Senior Officers, including Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Dr Devansh Yadav along with CEO JaKeGA Abhishek
Sharma; SDM Paddar, Dr Rishi Sharma; ACD Kishtwar, Atul Dutt Sharma; DPO Kishtwar Sunil Bhutyal, Tehsildar Paddar Satish Kumar Rana boarded the raft to experi- ence the thrill in the chilly rapids of river Chenab from the Gulab Garh bridge to culmination point near Tatapani link – forming
over 3KM stretch. DDC Counselor, Hari Krishan Chouhan; BDO Paddar Anjil Singh; BDO Dachhan, Ravi Kumar besides other district officers, PRIs and locals Youth along with sports lovers from the District Kishtwar and UT J&K also participated in the raft rally with great enthusi- asm and zeal. The local par-
ticipants extended gratitude to the district administration, especially DC and Indian Army for taking this initia- tive for youth engagement and appealed to organise such programs on regular intervals.
The locals of Paddar wel- comed and appreciated the efforts put in to boost the tourism sector in the areas which can be instrumental in doubling the income of locals.
The DC said that the District administration was committed to tap the water sports and adventure tourism potential in the dis- trict. He also urged youth to engage with such initiatives and earn their livelihood in a dignified manner. He further advised them to stay away from Drug menace and other social evils.