Following is an excerpt from a report in New Indian Express.

Adventure sports have hit the youths of Orissa big time. As many as 24 dare devils embarked on a week-long river rafting expedition to Paradip along the mighty Mahanadi from the picturesque Baliput (Satkosia) on Tuesday.

The expedition, the third in a series, was flagged off by Tourism Minister Debi Prasad Mishra.

The expedition would test the boys’ stamina and unflagging determination to sail down the river negotiating rough waters to the port town, covering about 270 km. All that they would have for company are the four rafts. Some of the towns they would pass through are Singhnath, Gopinathpur, Subarnapur, Cuttack, Tirtol and Kujang.

… The Minister said, the State Government would keep patronising such adventure sports in future.

The expedition is being orgnised by the State Sports and Youth Affairs Department. Its director Narayan Prasad Das was present on the occasion.