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Jal Shakti Minister launched the Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan – a unique initiative to connect with Ganga’s stakeholders. The ‘Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan’ is a pioneering and historic exploratory open-water rafting and kayaking expedition on the Ganga River. Starting at Devprayag and culminating at Ganga Sagar, the expedition will cover the entire streatch of over 2,500 kms of the Ganga River. This is the first ever effort by the 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 the 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. The team, during the expedition will take up public awareness campaign on the locations at which they will stop. They will organize 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 (The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research)–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 would comprise members primarily from the Indian Armed Forces. The Armed Forces is supporting this expedition extensively by way of involving all the Commands and Units on the Ganga stretch and also the members from the Army Wives Welfare Association, all along the Ganga Basin.

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