Advisor Farooq Khan honours Everest climbers from Jammu region

Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan today said that two sport climbing walls of international standard would soon come up in twin cities of Jammu and Srinagar.

The Advisor announced it during a function organized by Tawi Trekkers J&K to honour 11 mountaineers from Jammu who have scaled Mount Everest.

Advisor Farooq Khan, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion, honoured 11 Everest climbers of Jammu with “Duggar Gaurav Adventure Award” in the presence of Guest of Honour Param Vir Chakra awardee Captain Bana Singh.

Patron of the Club, Rahul Sharma; Chairman Sprawling Buds ICSE School, Jammu; Advisor of the Club, Prof. Lalit Magotra; Co- Chairman of the Club, Zorawar Singh Jamwal; General Secretary, Shawetica Khajuria and Vice President of the club Mridhu Padha besides, Legal Advisor of the club Prem Sadotra, Ex Chairman, Jammu Citizens Co-operative Bank, Parveen Sharma; Ex President Jammu Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Rakesh Gupta were also present on the occasion.

The Award ceremony started with the second Everester Rajiv Sharma who scaled Everest in 1993, followed by other Everesters who scaled Everest in the later years, Ram Singh in 2008; Kamal Nayan in 2012, Sub. Balkar Singh in 2016, Rahul Jarngal, Sandeep Singh and Nirmal Kumar in 2017. Then it was Sangeeta Bahl who scaled Everest in 2018 and became the oldest Indian woman to scale Everest at the age of 53. And finally, Phalail Singh was felicitated for summitting Everest in 2019.

While appreciating the achievements of climbers, Farooq Khan said that all necessary measures shall be taken to exploit the potential of the unexplored and formidable peaks of Doda and Kishtwar region for attracting national and international mountaineers.

The Advisor said that the government has taken several steps to improve sports infrastructure in all region to provide best sports facilities so maximum youth could take part in sports activities.

He also urged upon the parents to motivate their children to take part in sport activities for their mental and physical health as well as their character building.

Earlier, the Advisor honoured all the awardees with a turban, a shawl, a framed citation and the Duggar Gaurav Adventure award which included International sport Climber Shivani Charak, a student of Govt. College for Women Parade, Jammu, who has so far won 24 national medals and a bronze medal in the Asian Youth Championship was also honored on the occasion along with Monti Rajkhowa, the third Indian woman to scale Kangchenjunga peak, the third highest peak in the world besides, the Advisor also honoured a very senior member of the club Wing Commander Rajesh Mukhi was also felicitated for summitting Winson peak, the highest peak in Antarctica continent.

The Advisor and other also released a souvenir containing booklet with bio data of all the Everesters of Jammu.

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