IMPHAL, June 30: The Manipur Mountaineering Institute can be turned into a tourist spot which will not only help the institute but also the economy of the people living around the area. This was stated by Governor VK Duggal in the closing ceremony of the 3rd Children Adventure Camp at Manipur Mountaineering Institute Complex on Monday. The camp which was jointly organised by Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association and 27 Sector Assam Rifle began on June 27.
Pointing out that the institute can be further developed to turn into a centre of excellence with necessary infrastructure for different aspects of adventure activities, he said: “All across the globe, adventure and eco-tourism is becoming an important segment of tourism and its adherents are increasing annually. Therefore, there is a need to bring these tourists in Manipur for which Manipur has been provided abundant facilities by nature.”
He also expressed his pleasure after hearing that MMTA was conducting different courses almost throughout the year on adventure and leadership directed towards children besides other professionals. Adventure helps in understanding nature and with the tremendous pressure exerted on the environment it is high time that all children and adults alike are made aware about the importance of sustaining our hills and forests, he added.
Thirty students including both boys and girls took part in the camp from different schools of the state. The main theme of the adventure camp was to develop their personality by exposing them to the importance of nature and through trekking, rock climbing etc. The Manipur governor VK Duggal distributed the participating certificates to the thirty campers. Tejas Singh Arora of KV Leimakhong and Miss Pramindra of SMS Hospital, Jaipur were awarded the best camper among boys and girls respectively.
Meanwhile, the Lamdan village chief Khuripao presented a small gift with memorandum to the State governor VK Duggal while the governor planted saplings inside the campus of Manipur Mountaineering Institute campus as a part of the closing function.
MMTA officials, locals and Assam Rifles personnel and students which participated in the summer camp attended the closing function.