ITBP completes 2,500 km Ganga voyage

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 15:44

New Delhi: Troops of ITBP, which guards India`s frontiers with China, Tuesday successfully charted their two-month long rafting expedition in river Ganga, traversing 2,500 km on water from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar.

A team of 21 personnel, meandering through five states and 50 cities, reached the confluence at Ganga Sagar in West Bengal, sporting the message of keeping the holy river clean.

The expedition, flagged off from the national capital on April 18, was named `Ganga punardarshan (revisiting Ganga)` and the ITBP personnel also collected garbage and other effluents polluting the river during their long voyage, which will now be handed over for laboratory tests.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) chief Ranjit Sinha congratulated the team, which was led by DIG S S Mishra.

During the rafting journey, the ITBP team along with their staff members on ground, held public camps to educate the public on keeping Ganga clean and healthy.
The unique voyage is part of the golden jubilee celebrations of the force which is being celebrated this year.

The mountain-trained and the adventure sports experienced force has earlier undertaken 20 rafting expeditions in various rivers, including Ganga and Brahmaputra.
Climbers of the force, which guards the 3,488-km long Sino-Indian frontier, as part of the celebrations recently created history by skiing down from the world`s highest summit - Mt Everest - from the Chinese side, the maiden Indian squad to achieve the feat.

ITBP was raised in 1962 in the wake of the Chinese aggression.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 15:44

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