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Fun flight for winter fest

Thousands of kites and a model aircraft would compete for the skies above Sabbalpur Diara during Makar Sankranti later this month.

The festival falls on January 14 this year. Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) would host a two-day kite festival on the occasion at the sandbar near Patna. An aero-modelling show would be held on January 16.

“We shall organise a kite festival on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti at Sabbalpur Diara,” said Navin Kumar, deputy general manager, BSTDC.

“Visitors to the sandbar would be handed out kites for free. Professional kite flyers from other parts of the country and abroad would also be invited.”

More than 1,000 kites would be given to the citizens.

“The event would take place between 11am and 4pm on both days. Professionals would engage in kite fights. Amateurs can also take part in it,” said Navin.

A special cleanliness drive would also be organised at the diara before the festival.

If the revellers have their fill of colourful paper floating in the air, they would be able to enjoy a model aircraft show.

City-based firm Hobby and Educational Centre in association with the BSTDC would organise the event on January 16.

Shailendra Kumar Mishra, the proprietor of the firm, said: “I shall demonstrate the flight of power model aircraft during the show. This model — a replica of a drone aircraft valued at Rs 40,000 — is flown with a remote control. Its speed is 100km an hour and it can fly in a radius of 1.5km.”

The visitors would only be able to see the callisthenics of the aircraft. They would not be allowed to take the remote control, as it requires a minimum of six months’ training to be able to guide it.

Mishra has been organising aeromodelling shows across the country since 1981.

The sandbar, located a few kilometres from the banks of Ganga at Kali Ghat near Patna University, has been developed as a winter tourism hub — Sabbalpur Diara Island River Project — under the aegis of the BSTDC.

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