GUWAHATI, Dec 23 - The Brahmaputra Aamantran Abhiyan (BAA), an initiative to popularize sustainable practices and river rejuvenation, was flagged off today by Union Minister Kiren Rijiju. It is being organized by the Brahmaputra Board and the initiative is being supported by the state governments of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.
Various government organizations � North Eastern Council, WAPCOS Ltd, Oil India Ltd, NHPC Ltd, National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL), have also extended their support. The Brahmaputra Aamantran Abhiyan has been organized with a two-pronged approach � as a Public Outreach Programme focusing on the younger generation through a river rafting expedition to inculcate the concept of �Living with the River,� and a process of combined scientific data collection and analysis on river water quality, river sediment, river bank erosion and fish habitat along the entire route of the expedition.
The rafting team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) started the expedition from Gelling in Arunachal Pradesh and will traverse along the Siang/Brahmaputra river docking at various stations before concluding at Assameralga near the Indo-Bangla border in Assam.