Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A national mountaineering institute to be set up at Dirang in Arunachal

CALL it a Diwali gift for Arunachal Pradesh. The cabinet on Tuesday approved setting up of a National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) at Dirang in Arunachal Pradesh. It will be an autonomous institute under the ministry of defence, a government press release said. It will be first national institute of its kind where theoretical and practical training for activities relating to mountaineering, aero adventure and aqua adventure would be conducted. Adventure enthusiasts from the country and abroad are expected to be attracted by this new institute.
The state government has already provided the land at Dirang for setting up the institute. Rs 81 crore will be spent on construction of buildings at the site of the institute. It will directly provide employment to 89 people, mostly in the middle and lower level. Besides, it will generate further indirect employment in the region and will also boost the economy of the common people who would be providing day-to-day various services required to the Institute, the release said.
Multifarious adventure activities relating to land, air and aqua will be provided there. The systematical training in the activities will increase the number of visitors from all parts of the country to the remote areas of this border state.

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