|Chairman J&K Bank, Commissioner Tourism flag off Expedition |
| Take good stories with you to your countries: Parvez Ahmed|
|Early Times Report|
Srinagar, Sept 13: J&K Bank Chairman & CEO Parvez Ahmed and Commissioner Secretary Tourism M H Malik today flagged off the first leg of Expedition India - Srinagar/Sonamarg/Leh Race -2017 from Shankaracharya Top here in presence of Director Tourism Mehmood Shah, organizers of the expedition Stephan Muller, Heidi Muller and other officers of the bank and tourism department.
Out of 22 teams participating in the adventure race, nine teams are from across the country while as the rest are foreign teams mainly from South Africa, Australia, United Kingdom, Sweden, New Zealand, Ireland, France, Argentina and Czech Republic. The second leg of the expedition is scheduled to be kicked off from Sonamarg on 15th September and the third and major leg of the race will be conducted in Leh from 20th to 22nd September.
The teams comprising of 4 members each shall be undertaking various adventure sports activities including racing, boating, water-rafting, cycling, zip line and mountain biking. The only Kashmiri team to participate in the expedition is J&K Mountaineering and Hiking.
Addressing the participating teams and organizers of the expedition, Chairman Parvez Ahmed said, "You will find the people of this region as welcoming as the mountains and valleys of this place. Many stories are going to touch you during your wonderful journeys here. I wish you luck and urge you to take all the good stories with you to your respective societies and countries."
"In addition to opening the doors of positive engagement for youth of the state, expeditions like these can trigger a lot of appreciation in the economic value of the allied assets. The promotion of local talent can become easy and natural", he added.
Earlier in his welcome address, Director Tourism Mehmood Shah expressed concerns over the negative advisories by different embassies.