Himachal Pradesh is all set to host the paragliding world cup –which will be held in October this year –at the Bir Billing area which comes under Kangra district. Just for the record, it marks the first time that the world cup will be held in India.
The event will be held over nine days during which athletes from across different parts of the world will compete over several disciplines; 47 countries have already confirmed their participation in the event. The high-level event is expected to generate a lot of media attention and give the much needed impetus to promote sports and tourism in the state. The Kangra valley with its smoldering beauty is a great choice that visitors would definitely love.
Sudhir Sharma, who is the Urban Development Minister and also president of the Billing Paragliding Association, while speaking about the latest developments informed that the events will be held between October 23 and October 31, 2015.
He emphasized that they are taking every step conceivable to deliver infrastructure that is of international standard. Just to ensure that the preparations for the World Cup are going along expected lines, a national championship will be held just prior to the main event, from October 18 to 20, he added.
Dharamsala and Pong Da have been selected as the two places from where parasailing activities will commence; ACI (Aero Club of India) has already commissioned two vehicles with six-para sails for the purpose.
For the up-gradation of roads and infrastructure Rs 2.50 crore has been earmarked, Rs 95 lakh for the development of takeoff sites, in addition to 55 lakh to be spent on landing sites.
The minister also said that following ACI’s instructions, Biling Paragliding Association (BPA) will play the role of a parent body that will regulate the running of this sport across the country.
As the event will throw open many opportunities for the tourism sector and to ensure that these opportunities doesn’t go a begging, the minster is in discussion with the Chairman cum Managing Director (CMD) of Airports Authority of India R K Srivastava to install Doppler Very High Frequency Omni System at Gaggal Airport so that the visibility can be improved during the landing and taking-off of regular flights.
He said that an AAI team will soon land in Kangra to install the DVOR system. The minister went on to add that the world cup is looking like a harbinger of great developments for the region and things are really beginning to look up.