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B4 ‘Boat Lab’ to Study Brahmaputra To be Commissioned

Published on September 22, 2017
The Department of Biotechnology will commission a two-tiered barge in the Brahmaputra River
The boat will host scientists and will have a full-fledged lab that will allow those on board to collect samples from various stretches of the river

B4 ‘Boat Lab’ to Study Brahmaputra To be Commissioned
  • The boat is designed to perform tests on water quality and biodiversity of the wider ecosystem.
  • The proposed vessel known as the Brahmaputra Biodiversity Biology Boat (B4), would also be linked to smaller boats and research labs
  • The “B4” will also have a teaching laboratory for school and college children.
  • There will be other ‘mobile labs’ that would run along the tributaries of the Brahmaputra to feed in data to the B4.
  • The first experiments will likely begin this December and will have the boat a re-purposed one trawl Pasighat, Dibrugarh, Neemati, Tejpur and Guwahati in Assam and managed by the Indian Institute of Technology.

About Brahmaputra River

  • It is a trans-boundary river which flows through China, India and Bangladesh. 
  • The source of this rive is Angsi Glacier
  • It flows southwest through the Assam Valley as Brahmaputra and south through Bangladesh as the Jamuna (not to be mistaken with Yamuna of India). 
  • In the vast Ganges Delta, it merges with the Padma, the popular name of the river Ganges in Bangladesh, and finally the Meghna and from here it is known as Meghna before emptying into the Bay of Bengal.
  • Assam celebrated the pristine beauty of the mighty river as "Namami Brahmaputra" from 31 March to April 4, 2017.

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