Ribhoi, July 7 : Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma officially launched the “Meghalaya Rafting” program at Whitewater Village, Umtham, in Ri-Bhoi district, with the aim of promoting rafting in the state.
The Ri-Bhoi Water Sports and Tourism Cooperative Society and the Meghalaya Canoe Association have been actively promoting the sport in Umtham village and engaging with the government. Recognizing the potential of rafting, the government has now initiated the “Meghalaya Rafting” program.
Umtham village has hosted numerous national and international events organized by the Ri-Bhoi Water Sports and Tourism Cooperative Society and the Meghalaya Canoe Association. Local youth, both boys and girls, have been trained in rafting and are now participating in various national and international events.
During the launch, the CM commended the efforts of the team that pioneered rafting and canoeing activities. He assured the organizations promoting the sport that the government would extend full support to elevate and promote rafting to new heights.
“The Government will ensure that we support and go the extra mile to leverage this exciting sport, which will not only empower our youth but also attract global attention,” he stated.
He further assured that Umtham would be developed as a tourism circuit, with the government introducing programs that enhance the overall experience for visiting tourists.