Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan, a month-long kayaking and rafting expedition
The river Ganga will soon be flocked by people, but not for any holy purposes. The Jal Shakti Minister, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, has launched Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan, an initiative aimed at spreading awareness about water conservation and river rejuvenation. The government has come up with various such initiatives in the past to clean Ganga and restore it to its former glory, all in vain. But what’s different about this initiative is that it’s going to be a month-long adventure sports event in the Ganga, including open-water rafting and kayaking, covering a total of 2500 km, from Devprayag in Uttarakhand to Ganga Sagar in West Bengal, i.e from one end of the country to the other!
This is the first time the National Mission for Clean Ganga has organised an event of such a huge magnitude and it’s expected to garner a lot of attention since adventure sports in India are gaining a lot of momentum lately.
The ministry has formed a nine-member team of rafters and swimmers from the Indian Armed Forces for the month-long event, all of them are adventure sports enthusiasts and have done at least a couple of extreme adventures. The team includes Squadron Leader Dipti B Koshthi, who is a Jaguar aircraft pilot and certified open scuba diver, trekker and para jumper; Sergeant Johny Vj, who is an aqua parasailing instructor and certified open scuba diver.
Along with spreading a PSA about Ganga through this initiative, adventure sports will also gain more popularity among the Indian audience.