The first Brahmaputra Sailing Expedition from Biswanath Chariali to Guwahati completed on October 25. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal took part in the flag-in ceremony of the expedition at Pandu Port in Guwahati on October 25.
As many as 60 cadets of the state braved the waters of the mighty Brahmaputra over a journey of 220 km from Biswanath Chariali to Guwahati using three whaler boats of NCC naval units which was adequately supported by Indian Army Eastern Command.
During the course of the journey, the cadets negotiated the water where the valiant general of the Ahom kingdom Lachit Borphukan had defeated the invading Mughal navy in 1671.
Guwahati based Defense PRO said that the expedition touched riverine areas of Tezpur, Silghat, Singri, Kathali, Palaguri, Titimara, Kurua and Amingaon and utilized this expedition to spread social awareness message to the local populace. “Through this expedition, effort was also made to reach out to the local people living along the bank of river Brahmaputra. The expedition gave the cadets an opportunity to understand the way of life that people were living there,” a statement said.
Interacting with the participants of the expedition, Chief Minister Sonowal hailed the endeavour and said that their efforts have become an example to the youth of the state. He also said that the grueling journey that they undertook is a testimony of their devotion, dedication and discipline which would help them to reach the zenith of success.
The expedition flag was handed over to the Chief Minister by the team signifying the successful culmination of Lachit 1 that was the name of the expedition.