16th Raid-de-Himalaya to be flagged off on 4th October, 2014
16th Raid-de- Himalaya would be flagged off on 4th October, 2014 in the afternoon from Peterhoff Hotel, Shimla. This was disclosed by V.C. Pharka, Additional Chief Secretary, Youth Services and Sports while presiding over a meeting convened to co-ordinate necessary arrangements for organising this event here today.
Pharka said that this would be the 16th Consecutive Raid-de-Himalaya and will start from Shimla on 4th October, 2014. He said that the first leg of the event would finish on 5th October at Manali after taking off from Shimla. The 2nd leg of the event will commence on 6th October, 2014 and after starting from Manali it would pass through Kunzum La and would halt at Kaza.
He said that the third leg of this mega event would take off on 7th October from Kaza and would move through Komik, Dhankar and would again halt at Kaza. The 4th leg after taking off from Kaza, would pass through Gramphoo, Darcha and would rest at Sarchu on 8th October. The 5th leg of the 16th Raid-de-Himalaya would take off from Sarchu and would pass through Debring, Daat and would again halt at Sarchu on 9th October 2014.
Pharka said that the 6th leg of the event after pushing off from Sarchu on 10th October would move through Keylong and would be back to Manali. 16th Raid-de-Himalaya would finish on 10th October and Prize distribution ceremony would be held at Manali on 11th October, 2014.
He said that about 150 teams from India and abroad would participate in the speed version called Xtreme while ‘time, speed and distance’ version was called Adventure Trial. He said that for two wheelers, the event was once again featured on the International Off Road Rallies Calender of the FIM, Geneva.
He said that State Government would provide Helicopter services to meet any emergency during the event besides private helicopter would be kept ready for evacuation. The event is being organised by Himalayan Motorsport Association Shimla in collaboration of Departments of Youth Services and Sport and Tourism, Himachal Pradesh.
Pharka said that Raid De Himalaya was India’s premier motor sport event having distinct flavour well preserved by the organizers as it covers about 1650 kms. through harsh and difficult terrain at 4000 meters and above crosses 11 high passes. He said that the Raid this year was a real life thriller as it would pass through some areas where temperature dips below -20 degrees Celsius. He said that due to recent floods in Jammu and Kashmir the rally route was reviewed and revised to facilitate the ongoing relief and rescue efforts in the State.He said that care was being taken to schedule day movements so that as far as possible, all competitive sections run during day time. The safety plan envisages the use of roving mobile teams and mobile ambulance units in addition to the required number of fixed ‘Fast Intervention Vehicles’ and ambulances.
Kamal Sharma, Director Youth Services and Sports, Amarjeet Singh, Commissioner, MC, Shimla, SP Shimla D.W. Negi, S.P. Kullu Surender Verma, Additional PCCF S.S. Negi, Additional Secretary, GAD Ashwani Sharma, ADM Shimla D.K. Rattan and Vijay Parmar, President, Himalayan Motor sport Association and representatives of Police, Information and Public Relations, HRTC, and other senior officers were present among others in the meeting.