Alappuzha: The 66th edition of the Nehru Trophy Boat Race was inaugurated here by State Governor P Sathasivam at a star-studded event on Saturday.
Telugu superstar Allu Arjun, his wife Sneha Reddy and stars from Kerala Blasters FC have arrived to witness the race at the Punnamada Lake.
State ministers from the district, Thomas Isaac, G Sudhakaran and P Thilothaman, are also present.
The race will be streamed live on Doordarshan, Google and Emirates flights. Organisers expect a race without much of a dispute as modern starting and finishing systems have been set up.
The snake boat heats and the finals for all categories are scheduled for the afternoon.