The two-day International Kite Festival has begun on a grand note here at Aga Khan Academy at Ravirala village under Maheshwaram mandal of Ranga Reddy district near Shamshaad International Airport here with Tourism Minister Ajmira Chandulal formally flying a kite.
Speaking on the occasion, the Tourism minister said the Hyderabad city, which was becoming a global destination, will witness rapid strides in Tourism sector. The International Kite Festival is being celebrated at the directive of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to get international recognition, he said. The TRS government was planning to conduct many more such international festivals in Hyderabad in future, he said. Chandulal also said though Gujarat State was noted for the kite festival, now Hyderabad is replacing it with the conduct of the international kite festival. Efforts will be made to make Hyderabad a place synonymous for the kite festival in two to three years, he maintained.
Chandulal emphasized the need for better infrastructure and facilities to make the Pearl City of Hyderabad to become the most sought after destination. The Telangana Government was giving impetus to the Tourism sector and offering top priority for transforming the city with all world class facilities.
The minister extended thanks to all participants and asked them to enjoy the event on the last day on January 15. Aga Khan Academy chief Dr Joffrey Fisher, Tourism Secretary Burra Venkatesham, Table Tennis player Saina Jaiswal, officials, students and their parents attended the program in sizeable numbers. Some 30 foreigners were seen flying kites of different sizes and attractive colours. Kites with Lord Venkateshwara, Vivekananda, Chota Bheem, Cat, scorpion, fish and others were cynosure on the occasion. (NSS)