The Brahmaputra Aamantran Abhiyan team, which was flagged off from Gelling in Arunachal Pradesh on December 23 reached Majuli, Assam on Tuesday. A public event along with a number of cultural activities was organised in an event that was attended by the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said, “Brahmaputra is our culture, Brahmaputra is our economy and Brahmaputra is our identity. Brahmaputra Aamantran Abhiyan is designed in a way for us to understand the intricacies of living in the Brahmaputra basin. We must learn how to sustainably and mutually benefit from the resources that the mighty Brahmaputra has to offer, all the while respecting nature and making efforts to preserve it.”
The Brahmaputra Aamantran Abhiyan is an initiative of the Government of India, organised by the Brahmaputra Board (Ministry of Jal Shakti) is undertaken by a team of NDRF personnel. The nearly month-long rafting expedition is designed to be a public outreach initiative that is aimed at popularising sustainable practices and river rejuvenation, primarily among the younger generations.
The Chairman of the Brahmaputra Board, Rajeev Jadav said, “The main objective of the BAA is to understand how to co-exist with the river and understand its benefits. The expedition is not just about rafting and adventure sports, but a very important aspect is the scientific study which happening alongside. This will help in acquiring a lot of important information about the river, the soil and other important factors.”
Along with the rafting activity, a combined data collection and sampling exercise on river water quality, river sediment, riverbank erosion, and fish habitat along the entire route of the expedition, will also be conducted in collaboration with various technical institutes of the states.