ZIRIMANZ (BANDIPORA), 04 JULY 2017. Rashtriya Rifles Battalion at Paribal Tekri (under aegis of Watlab Sector) has opened its doors for sports talent (especially rowing), on tuesday by organising three days of sports activities including kistie race, which features different categories of single men, three men, five men and for the first time under 18 race categories. The events will offer an exclusive opportunity to both sports enthusiasts and those wanting quality time in a picturesque countryside setting.
The three day mega event which is being conducted from 04 to 06 July 2017 is a joint effort by the Army and J&K civil administration, to showcase and harness the unfathomable natural resources in and around Wular Lake. The Wular Festival is also aimed at creating awareness amongst the locals about the tourism and sports potential of the vast natural resources present in the Valley.
The first day saw the local fishing community from 16 villages actively participating in kistie race competitions. Today, the boat races for Single Men, Three Men and Under 18 categories were flagged off by Commander Watlab Sector. This mega event was witnessed by almost 2000 locals who were cheering for their respective teams.
Further continuing the Mega Event on 05 July 2017, “Jashn-e-Wular” run will be conducted from Paribal Tekri to Watlab Ghat. Heats of Five Men and finals of Single Men kistie races will also be organised on second day.
The locals of Bandipora has applauded this effort of Army and turned out in huge numbers to support and witness the event. Jashn – e – Wular is a true reflection of the Kashmiri spirit and normalcy in the area.
2015 Kashmir Despatch