Shillong: A four-day Rain Rock festival
kicked-off to a colourful start in Cherrapunjee, with a view
to give impetus to tourism in the world`s wettest place.
Cultural programmes, film show, sports competitions,
flower shows, food courts, health camps and exhibition stalls
have been lined up during the festival.
Assembly Speaker Charles Pyngrope, while inaugurating
the festival at Sa-I-Mika Park in Cherrapunjee yesterday, said
such festivals would boost tourism.
He also underlined the need for the people to be more
hospitable to attract tourists.
State Planning Board chairman Donkupar Roy said
Cherrapunjee, now called Sohra, is blessed with natural beauty
and stressed that burning of forests should be checked and
rain harvesting encouraged to make the place greener.
"Efforts are being made to explore the tourism
potentiality of this area by sensitizing the people about the
need of preserving the environment as well as rain water
harvesting and promoting local art, craft, sports and culture
of Sohra," Sub Divisional Officer BDR Tiwari said.
He also outlined the long-term plans for Sohra such as
establishing a Rain Museum, a Centre for study of Matrilineal
Society and to include Sohra in the world heritage site of