By Vijay Darda | 09-01-2023
Gujarat CM opens International Kite Festival in Ahmedabad
Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel on Sunday inaugurated the International Kite Festival 2023, which will see participation of around 125 kite flyers from 68 countries and which is based on the G20 theme ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’.
Around 65 kite flyers from 14 states of India and more than 660 of them from various districts of Gujarat are also participating in the week-long festival, which will culminate on January 14.
The cost of each kite which the flyers are using in the festival is between `5 lakh and `25 lakh.
Australia, Canada, France, Russia, Germany, Greece, Israel, Egypt, Colombia, Denmark, New Zealand, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Belgium, Bahrain, Iraq and Malaysia are among the 68 countries participating in the event.
Apart from Ahmedabad, the kite festival is also being organised in Vadodara, Vadnagar, Somnath, Rajkot, Dholera and Dhordo.
The International Kite Festival has increased the footfall of foreign tourists. Celebration of such festivals boost the state’s economy and create employment opportunities.
“Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the kite of development of Gujarat has been scaling new heights for two consecutive decades,” Patel said while inaugurating the event at Sabarmati riverfront here.
The kite festival is an opportunity to touch the sky and reach new heights. Kites are a symbol of progress, prosperity and flight, he said.
Patel further said the kite industry has received a boost under Modi’s leadership when the latter was the chief minister, and has grown from a `8-10 crore industry some two decades ago to `625 crore one, and has given employment to around 1.30 lakh people.
Speaking on the occasion, state tourism minister Mulubhai Bera said ‘Uttarayan’ celebrations give the message of preservation of nature.
“The state tourism department has tried to give a unique identity to our culture and civilisation by giving ‘Uttarayan’ a prominent place in its calendar,” the minister said.
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