The third edition of Orange Festival of Adventure and Music went off to a colourful start at Akoko Village under Dambuk in Lower Dibang Valley district on Thursday with Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein declaring it open.
Inaugurating the four-day Adventure and Music extravaganza, Mein said "The landlocked Dambuk has gone global with the Orange Festival." He said the fusion festival of music and adventure has made the name of Dambuk famous and hoped the place would become more popular, an official release said.
Mein said the state has calendar events like Tawang Festival, Music Festival of Ziro, Mechuka Adventure Festival and Orange Festival at Dambuk which were being organised to promote tourism in the state. The deputy chief minister said Poi Pee Mau Festival at Namsai was also being celebrated with the same motto to promote cultural and religious tourism which become global with participation of cultural troupes from Thailand.
He said with tourism, economic activities must also follow. "We can also promote river tourism as the state has many rivers and can interlink places which will be adventurous as well. We have ample scope to bring in investment in the state but for that we need to create conducive atmosphere," Mein said.
"We must encourage the people to take up cultivation of crops like orange and arecanut which will give economic returns to farmers," he said and expressed hope that with the completion of Dibang Bridge and Trans-Arunachal Highway, the marketing of the agriculture and horticulture produce would be carried out to a great extent.
The deputy chief minister assured to provide funds for renovation of Dambuk township road and renovation of Bomjir to Paglam road in the forthcoming budget. He asked the PWD to prepare and submit an estimate to face lift Community Health Centre, Dambuk and said the government was considering construction of an approach road to Sissiri Bridge to connect eastern Arunachal with Siang belt and other western parts of the state, the release added.