The fourth Lukha festival was inaugurated today at Sonapyrdi, East Jaiñtia Hills to bolster tourism in the area.
Organised by the Sonapyrdi Tourism and Economic Development Society (STEDS), the two-day event besides promoting tourism will further generate employment opportunities to the locals and preserve the magnificent Lukha River.
Mawhati MLA Charles Marngar attended the inaugural function as the chief guest. During his speech, he praised the beauty of Sonapyrdi and urge cement companies located in the district to work towards growth of tourism.
Marngar said the Narpuh Elaka which is blessed with rich mineral resources need to use them judiciously in order to promote overall development and sustainability. He also urged the people to showcase and promote local food and hand-made crafts to attract tourists.
The MLA also handed financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh donated by the Shillong MP Vincent H Pala.
Jaiñtia Hills Autonomous District Council Deputy CEM, Lasky Rymbai called for conservation of the environment and rue that the district council do not have enough funds to work towards this goal. However, he said the community can play a significant role in environmental protection through coordinated efforts.
Rymbai further urged the Star Cement company to support STEDS in its efforts to promote tourism.
Management representative of the company, Devender Bansal, STEDS president Daiapherbha Lamar, waheh shnong of Sonapyrdi Edimon Lamare, Moolamylliang waheh shnong Apmon Pashiang and others were also present of the occasion.
During the first day of the festival, individuals who were part of the three-day trek to Bahbo Bahkong and the Narpuh Wildlife Sanctuary in November were felicitated.