|Brahmaputra Amantran Abhiyaan|
TEZPUR, Jan 14 - A 17-member team taking part in the ‘Brahmaputra Amantran Abhyaan’ a river rafting programme organised by the Ministry of Jal Shakti in collaboration with the Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and DRF, which was flagged off by Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on December 23 last at Upper Siang, reached Tezpur Jahajghat recently.
The team, led by Gajendra Singh Sekhawat, Union Minister and his daughter Suhasini Sekhawat, which after rafting about 917 km from Siang to Tezpur Jahajghat through the heart of the Brahmaputra by six rafts were accorded a warm welcome by the district administration here.
Comprising basically of researchers, which has been conducting a rafting expedition and a public outreach programme with special focus on study on the characteristics of the Brahmaputra river, erosion, different aquatic animals, including river dolphin, were also accompanied by a research team from IIT, Guwahati, Inland Waterways Authority of India, Central Inland Fishery Research Institute and Brahmaputra Board.
Briefing the media here on Sunday, the team mentioned that the programme is being carried on to attract the new generation towards the significant point of coexistence with the river Brahmaputra. “After the expedition, a report will be submitted to the Government of India and the next agenda will be decided.
He also emphasised on construction of a dam on the Siang river and mentioned that they had studied the lives of the people living in the riverine areas. The team is scheduled to reach Guwahati on January 13, while their journey will end at the Bangladesh border.