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  • Jal Shakti Ministry has launched Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan, a unique open-water rafting and kayaking expedition on the Ganga River to create awareness on Ganga rejuvenation and water conservation.

About Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan:

  • The ‘Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan’ is a pioneering and historic exploratory open-water rafting and kayaking expedition on the Ganga River to be held between 10th October 2019 to 11 November 2019.
  • The expedition will commence on 10th October 2019, at Devprayag, where Bhagirathi and Alaknanda merge and the Ganga begins.
  • The expedition will continue for 33 days, through Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal and culminate on 11th November 2019 at Bakkhali Beach, Frazerganj covering a total distance of almost 2,500 kms.
  • This is the first ever effort by National Mission for Clean Ganga to raft across the entire stretch of the river and also the longest ever social campaign undertaken through an adventure sporting activity to spread the message of River Rejuvenation and Water Conservation on a massive scale. The expedition will draw attention to the ecological challenges being faced by Ganga.
  • The expedition will encompass the five Ganga basin states including Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal with stops at Rishikesh, Haridwar, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Sonepur and Kolkata.
  • A nine-member team of swimmer and rafters from the three Services of the Indian Armed Forces will be led by acclaimed international open-water swimmer Wg Cdr Paramvir Singh.
  • This nine-member team would be joined by 3 members from NDRF, 2 members each from WII and CSIR-IITR.
  • The team, during the expedition will take up public awareness campaign on the locations at which they will stop.
  • They will organise mass cleaning drives, interact with students of the village/city and will further the message of river conservation.
  • Apart from the awareness campaign, the team from CSIR–Indian Institute of Toxicology Research will collect water samples from across diverse ranges of the river for the purpose of water testing, while members of the Wildlife Institute of India will undertake flora and fauna census for the year 2019.
  • The expedition is led by Wing Commander Paramvir Singh from Indian Air Force, who is the only person to have swum the entire length of Ganga from Devprayag to Gangasagar in 2015. A distinguished adventure sports enthusiast, he holds 13 World, 3 Asian and 7 National Records.
  • The expedition would be carrying out various awareness exercises along the expedition such as:
    • Bal Ganga Mela, painting and slogan competition on the theme of water conservation and Ganga rejuvenation.
    • Interaction with colleges & universities by NMCG officials.
    • Educating students/youth on water footprint, wetlands and biodiversity conservation.
    • Test the water campaign by IITR, water testing kits.
    • Celebrating festivals during the expedition.
    • Exclusive tie-up with Rotary International for public outreach within community and schools.
    • Public outreach by WII, IITR, GIZ, Ganga Praharis, IAF, Army, Ganga Vichar Manch during the expedition.
  • The expedition will be supported by all the stakeholders of Namami Gange including the MPs of the constituency along Ganga, members of Ganga Praharis, Ganga Vichar Manch among others.
  • The expedition is aimed to reach millions of people on Ganga Basin and would be the largest social outreach through an adventure sporting event ever.
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