Excelsior Sports Correspondent
SRINAGAR, June 8: Arrangements for 3rd Mughal Road Rally 2012 were reviewed at a meeting chaired by the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora, here today.
The rally, commencing from June 29 to July 2, 2012 is being sponsored and co-organized by Tourism Department and Himalayan Motorsports, Shimla jointly would be flagged off from SKICC, Srinagar followed by prize distribution on the concluding day of the event.
Minister of State for Tourism and Home, Nasir Aslam Wani, Commissioner Secretary Tourism and Culture, Attul Duloo, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Director Information, IGP, Kashmir, IGP Traffic, Director Health Services, Managing Director, JKTDC, Directors of Tourism Kashmir and Jammu, Chief Engineer, Mughal Road Project, representatives from BEACON, SAMPARK, President Himalayan Motorsports, Shimla, Ajit Parmar besides officers from various department were present on the occasion.
Highlighting the importance of Mughal road and these rallies, Jora underlined need for adequate publicity of the event to ensure its success. He said the road got heritage status and would go a long way in promoting tourism sector in the State.
Emphasizing for close inter departmental coordination, the Minister asked the officers of line departments to take proper care of their areas so that participants do not face any inconvenience during rally.
Giving the details of the event, Parmar said that there would be two stages of the rally, Transport stage and Competitive Stage. The transport stage will start at Srinagar and pass through Pampore-Pulwama-Shopian and Dobjan while the competitive stage would start at Dubjan and pass through Pir ki Gali and culminate at Bufliaz,he added.
The meeting was informed that helicopters facilities would be kept ready on selective places, apart from the ambulances of Health Department, to meet any exigency during the event.
The representatives of BEACON and SAMPARK were asked to clear in advance while army was asked to regulate the convoy in accordance with the schedule of the event and stop the moment of convoy on the Competitive Stages on rally days, however, on Transport Stage of the event civilian and army traffic moment would be allowed to ply normally. The Chief Engineer Mughal road was asked to suspend the ongoing work on the road during event days.
It was given out that the run would have two separate rallies, the extreme, a fast paced event with professional drivers and the Enduro, a slower event both aimed to promote tourism through motoring. The extreme event will return from Bafliaz while Enduro will proceed to Jammu after crossing Mughal road at Bafliaz.
The meeting also discussed the security measures needed to be taken on the days of rally and it was told that for safety of the participants, the organizers will use licensed VHF Radio sets to remain informed about the moment of the vehicles.
Rally on Jammu-Reasi-Gool-Ramban-Batote-Doda-Pull-Kishtwar-Sinthan Pass-Daksum-Anantnag-Srinagar besides Srinagar-Pulwama-Shopian-Dubjan-Pir-ki-Gali-Bafliaz-Thanamandi-Rajouri-Akhnoor- Jammu would be the part of event.
Excelsior Sports Correspondent