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International expedition team reaches Gangasagar from Gomukh

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 21:58

Kolkata: An international expedition team
which sailed from Gomukh, has reached Gangasagar on three
inflatable mechanised boats after a 35-day voyage to assess
the impact of climate change on the river.

"Sailing the 2,521 km distance from the source to the
mouth of the river, we saw how the river has taken different
shapes and colours in different places as it came down the
mighty Himalayas into the Indo-Gangetic plains and met the sea
at Gangasagar," famous Swiss adventurer Andy Lehman, leader of
the expedition, said today.

"We, along with NGO Greencross International, have sought
to draw attention to the condition of the river in context of
global warming, receding glaciers and pollution," he said.

"It was also meant to ensure sustainable development of
life along the river`s banks and eco-tourism," he said.

The team claimed that this was the first expedition on
the Ganga that sailed all the way without any big break
except for the four dams which they had to cross by road.

Leeman, who has sailed down many rivers in different
continents, said "I have done many rivers in my life, but
Ganges is special."

"We carried a bowl of water from the Gangotri and poured
it at Gangasagar to mark its successful completion," Apal
Singh, a photographer who enthused Lehman to hold the
expedition, said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 21:58
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