Kakching (Manipur): October 27
Koichop (Angling) Mela on eve of Ningol Chakouba (an indigenous version of Bhai Dooj) will be held at Kakching Lake tomorrow from 8AM till 2PM. Over 1000 men and women have registered to join the fishing competition. Member of Legislative Assembly of Kakching and Wangjing Tentha, Y. Surchandra and M. Hemanta will preside over the festival.
Accordingly to Organising Committee, the angling fee is set Rs 300 per head and first price of best fishing will be given cash award of Rs 3000 plus all the fish caught by the winner.
Angling Mela in connection with Ningol Chakouba is first event in the history of Manipur and it will be observe every day on the eve of Ningol Chakouba. Ningol Chaokba on October 28 is a festival, where parents and brotherhood invite their daughters and siblings for special meal and family reunion. Male siblings offer the best meal possible and female siblings wear the best dresses and bring gifts and sweets.
Angling Mela has been planned for last two years by developing fisher farm at Kakching Lake. Over 100,000 pieces of indigenous fish “Pengba” have farmed along with varieties of pieces. Over 100 tons of fishes are farmed at Kakching Lake.
Kakching Lake at the foot hill of Mamang Ching and Kakching Garden at Uyok Ching are initiated and mained by standing MLA of Kakching Y. Surchandra, who served as State Planning Commission Director for 10 years and District Collector for Imphal West.
Kakching Garden has become a tourist spot in last three years and Kakching Lake yet to open its chapter. Hopefully, the opening of Koichop Mela on eve of Ningol Chakouba might add to public domain.