Brahmaputra River Current Affairs

Floating B4 boat labs to study the Brahmaputra River

The Union Government is planning to safeguard fast-eroding Majuli island — world’s largest riverine island using research carried out on floating Brahmaputra Biodiversity and Biology Boat (B4) labs along Brahmaputra River.

The purpose of project is to study changes caused by dams, climate change, human interventions and eventual effects on river eco-system. It will constantly monitor impact of various environmental and anthropological factors that affect river and conduct research to mitigate effects.

The project’s interdisciplinary work plan is developed with IIT Guwahati as the nodal agency. It will also study freshwater resources of North East India. The integrated approach is aimed to combine data, science and judgement that can impact policy. It will start research work by December 2017. Initially, it will cover region from Pasighat, Dibrigargh, Neemati, Tejpur and Guwahati in Assam.

Brahmaputra Biodiversity and Biology Boat (B4) labs

B4 boat labs will be large barge (or boat) which will be set up on river. It will be well-equipped laboratory with cold storage facilities for holding samples, along with multiple satellite boats or rafts that will venture into shallower and narrower parts of the river to lift samples. The boat will have permanent lab spread over two floors. One floor will be dedicated to scientists, while other floor will be accessible to residents of area to learn about the eco-system.

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Assam’s Majuli becomes first island district of India

Majuli became the first island district of India after it was inaugurated as the 35th district of Assam by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

The inauguration the island district coincides with the 90th birth anniversary of Assamese music maestro and Dadasaheb Phakle awardee Bhupen Hazarika.

Earlier in September 2016, Majuli had become the world’s largest river island in the Guinness Book of World Records, replacing Brazil’s Marajo.

During inaugurating the island district, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced that construction of Bogibeel bridge was at its terminal stage and Dhola-Sadiya Bridge will be commissioned in 2017.

Besides, Chief Minister also held the cabinet meeting at Majuli which was for the first time held outside Guwahati. It was announced that state government has proposed to set up cultural university in Majuli to enable research and advanced studies of art and culture of the state. State Government also has decided to set up centre of water resources in the island to suggest remedial steps for the recurring flood and erosion there.

For more details: Majuli, worlds largest river island

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