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Namami Brahmaputra festival from March 31

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 15 - The Namami Brahmaputra festival, which is going to be held across 21 districts in the State from March 31 to April 4, will take off in the form of a spectacular opening ceremony on the riverfront of Bharalumukh on March 31.

�The event will include a soulful veneration of the river Brahmaputra along with other attractions like indigenous sports, local food, exhibition of organic tea, display of handloom and handicrafts, cultural evenings, film festival, business meetings and symposium, among others. The conclusion of the event will be equally spectacular with a grand closing ceremony on April 4,� an organising official said here.

He added that the five-day festival would bring along business, fun and festivities for all.

�It will serve as an ideal platform to showcase Assam�s tremendous potential as a State brimming with trade, tourism and culture opportunities. The festival is basically conceived to boost business, the rich ethnicity, and the huge tourism prospects of Assam. The Transport Department is working in coordination with the State Government to make this event a success,� he said.

The fest proposes to showcase the National Waterways, especially NW-2 and NW-16, as the drivers of economic development and prosperity. The NW-2 from Dhubri to Sadiya is a bridge to drive economic progress in South East Asian markets, as part of India�s �Act East Policy�.

�These waterways will not only make Assam the centre of India-ASEAN collaboration but also attract major investments from around the world. The river is also a source of current and potential hydroelectric power generation. It will give a boost to power infrastructure in the State,� he said.

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