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Brahmaputra Utsav from 16 Dec to 22 Dec 2021

Hon’ble Prime Minister during his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address on September 26 appealed, “To all people living near every river; to countrymen, I will urge that in India in all corners at least once in a year, a river festival must be celebrated.”

Responding to the Hon’ble Prime Minister appeal of a ‘Nadi Utsav’ (river festival) near every river, to bring people closer to the rivers, the Ministry of Jal Shakti and Ministry of Culture Government of India decided to organize the river festival across major rivers in India including the Brahmaputra River as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav-75th Year of Independence

In this backdrop the “Brahmaputra Utsav” is being organized by Brahmaputra Board with the objective to promote stakeholder engagement and ensure public participation highlighting the significance of river Brahmaputra at river banks near Pasighat, Dibrugrah, Majuli, Kaliabor and Guwahati from 16th to 22nd December 2021. The Brahmaputra Utsav will revive the tradition of respecting rivers and will also encourage people to conserve and protect them for the rejuvenation of rivers.

The Brahmaputra Utsav will sow the seed for reviving the age old tradition of respecting rivers and celebrates the mystical and cultural richness thriving along river Brahmaputra through storytelling, folklores, dialogues with eminent personalities, quizzes, displaying traditional art forms, dance & music performance by renowned artists, photo galleries and exhibitions and much more.

 

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Training on Springshed Management & Rejuvenation at North Eastern Hydraulic & Allied Research Institute (NEHARI)

Training on Springshed Management & Rejuvenation at North Eastern Hydraulic & Allied Research Institute (NEHARI) under Brahmaputra Board in association with National Institute of Hydrology and Central Ground Water Board

There is increasing evidence that springs are drying up or their discharge is reducing throughout the Himalayan region. The erratic rainfall pattern, seismic  activity and   ecological   degradation associated with land use change for infrastructural development is putting huge pressures on mountain aquifer systems. It is reported that half of the perennial springs have already been dried up or have become seasonal resulting into acute water shortage for drinking and other domestic purposes across hundreds of Himalayan villages. Any change in spring-hydrology has clear ramifications on river hydrology, whether in the headwater regions, where springs manifest themselves at sources of rivers or in the lower-reach plains of river   systems      where   they      contribute      almost invisibly as base flows to river channels. The magnitude of the problem is exemplified by the high dependency of Himalayan populations on spring water on one hand and the deteriorating status of springs on the other. The ignorance of springs in the larger context of rivers, watersheds and aquifers is also a reason for great concern as such ignorance has led to large gaps in practice and policy    in     developing    any  strategic   national response to spring water management in India.

Acknowledging the importance of springs in Himalayan ecosystem and regional water needs, NITI Aayog, in one of its reports, has emphasized on the systematic mapping of springs across the Himalayas and strengthening the capacity building exercise of the relevant stakeholders. It also impressed upon the need of creation of web-enabled database or Web-GIS portal for spring geo tagging for efficient monitoring. Under various activities to be done towards safeguarding the spring system of Himalayas, National Institute of Hydrology (NIH) is striving for establishment of a systematic research programme within at least a selection of the clusters of springs within the first pilots to intensively measure and monitor short and long duration variable frequency datasets. The activities aim to develop analytics from these datasets for forward decision support of the field- activities and to establish a benchmarking system in partnership with Central Ground Water Board (CGWB).

The training workshop conducted physically and  consist of lectures by experts from NIH and CGWB provided an overview on Springshed Management. Various concepts pertaining to Spring hydrology, Springshed mapping, Springshed rejuvenation, Isotopic techniques in spring related study, Data collections using mobile application and processing in GIS platform, Water chemistry and geochemical analysis of spring water etc. was discussed in various session to help participants in developing the understanding about Springshed management and its need. The session comprised hands-on exercises along with the lectures. The ‘Information System for Himalayan Springs for Vulnerability Assessment and Rejuvenation’ i.e., ISHVAR Web-GIS portal developed by NIH under was also be demonstrated.

Training at NEHARI on Springshed Management

 

Brahmaputra Aamantran Abhiyaan from December, 2020 to January, 2021

As a public outreach initiative to popularize sustainable practices and river rejuvenation, ‘Brahmaputra Aamantran Abhiyan’ (BAA) organized by Brahmaputra Board under Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India with two pronged approach as under- .

  1. A Public Outreach Programme aimed specially at youths and students through a river rafting expedition to popularize the concept of “Living with the River”.
  2. A combined data collection and sampling exercise on river water quality, river sediment, river bank erosion and fish habitat along entire route of the expedition, in collaboration with various institutes of repute.

The expedition supported by various Ministries and Departments and Central PSU’s of Government of India and the State Government of Arunachal Pradesh and Government of Assam, technical Institutes and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) etc

The Rafting expedition comprised of two legs in India covering about 900km. The Arunachal leg was started from the Indo-China border at Gelling in Upper Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh and move along the Siang River to Pasighat in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. On entering Dhemaji district in Assam from Pasighat, the Assam leg started along Brahmaputra River and ultimately terminated at Assameralga in South SalmaraMankachar District of Assam near Indo-Bangladesh Boarder.

Hon’ble Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Sh. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Hon’ble Chief Minister (Assam) Sh. Sarbananda Sonowal, Hon’ble Union MoS (Jal Shakti, Social Justice & Empowerment) Sh. Rattan Lal Kataria , Hon’ble Union MoS (Sports & Minority Affairs) Sh. KirenRijiju, Hon’ble Health Minister, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Sh. AloLibang, , Hon’ble Minister Transport, Power Govt. of Assam, Sh. Chandra Mohan Patowari attended the event at some docking stations for the event.

A Documentary on Brahmaputra Aamantran Abhiyaan

Theme song of Brahmaputra Aamantran Abhiyan

 

Renovated Co-ordination Office, Dwarka, New Delhi