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Rafting expedition on Narmada from Apr 16

IN A daring rafting expedition, 12 men will cover 220-km distance in seven days on river Narmada. The expedition will be organised to promote tourism and highlight the importance of water conservation under the aegis of National Adventure Foundation (NAF) from April 16.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 00:49 IST

IN A daring rafting expedition, 12 men will cover 220-km distance in seven days on river Narmada. The expedition will be organised to promote tourism and highlight the importance of water conservation under the aegis of National Adventure Foundation (NAF) from April 16.

According to the programme officer A N Mukherjee, the expedition will be flagged off from Bhopal on April 13. The 12-member team would start expedition from Shahpura on April 16, 10-km from famous Bhedaghat, Jabalpur. The members will stay in Jabalpur on April 14 and 15 to prepare the boat that in which the expedition team would sail. The boat would be made of bamboo.

Mukherjee claimed that a rafting expedition on a bamboo boat, that too of 220-km distance, will be the first time in the central region. The team members will pass through Sankal, Dodhi, Udaipura, Sandia, Sangakhera Khurd, Shahganj and conclude at Hoshangabad on April 23.

During the journey, the team will stay at the places they cross and spread the message of importance of water conservation and tourism. Sudip Das, Polson Chacko and Neeraj Gulati will provide support to the expedition members by following them on road. Mukherjee will be in charge of the boat. VNS, MPSTDC and Sports and Youth Welfare Department will support the expedition.

NVDA Chairman A V Singh, Bhopal Divisional Cricket Association (BDCA) vice-president Aruneshwar Singhdeo and Sanjay Pandey of VNS Institute will join the expedition Shahganj. Director NAF General (Retd) Sinho and other dignitaries will present at the launch ceremony.

First Published: Apr 04, 2006 00:49 IST