Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday flagged off the 917 km long “Brahmaputra Aamantran Abhiyaan”, a river rafting expedition and public outreach program in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. It is a public outreach initiative to popularize sustainable practices and river rejuvenation, a ‘Brahmaputra Aamantran Abhiyan’ (BAA) is being organized by Brahmaputra Board under the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India.

The expedition is being supported by various Ministries and Departments and Central PSU’s of the Government of India and the State Government of Arunachal Pradesh and the Government of Assam, technical Institutes, and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), etc.

Rijiju in a tweet said: “The biggest river of our country, the mighty Brahmaputra, is known as Siang in Arunachal Pradesh. It enters our motherland India near Gelling. Joined ‘Brahmaputra Aamantran Abhiyaan’ at Tuting organised by the Ministry of Jal Shakti with the Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & NDRF.”

The Rafting expedition will comprise of two legs in India covering about 900km. The Arunachal leg will start from the Indo-China border at Gelling in Upper Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh and move along the Siang River to Pasighat in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. On entering Dhemaji district in Assam from Pasighat, the Assam leg starts along Brahmaputra River and will ultimately terminate at Assameralga in South Salmara Mankachar District of Assam near the Indo-Bangladesh Boarder.

 

The mighty Brahmaputra, one of the longest rivers in the world, flows from Tibet into Arunachal Pradesh, down to Assam and eventually Bangladesh.

 

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