Guwahati: The three sturdy whaler sailing boats of the Naval NCC units which was flagged off last week has successfully completed the first-ever sailing expedition in the entire Northeastern region and reached its finishing point, Pandu Port in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday morning.
The National Cadet Corps (NCC) Directorate North East Region Brahmaputra River Sailing Expedition aptly named LACHIT 1 completed the expedition covering 210 km from Biswanath Chariali to Pandu Port in Guwahati.
The expedition was flagged off on October 16 and flagged in at Pandu Port in Guwahati on Friday.
Commanding Officer Naval (NCC) Captain LD Sharma told EastMojo about the kind of enthusiasm the NCC cadets who were from different schools and colleges displayed. Also, despite covering a long-distance, they were even ready for a repeat sailing. “The whole motive is to train the cadets and gain confidence, [and] also to imbibe them another skill of sailing in rivers both pooling and sailing which is also very much part of the NCC Naval activity,” he added.
When asked about the challenges faced during the expedition, Mohammad Arshad Ali, permanent instructional (PI) staff and chief instructor of 48 Assam Naval NCC shared how in the last nine days they were stuck in sand barge and muddy areas but the cadets boldly tackled them.
The expedition has also nurtured a sense of social responsibility amongst the cadets and given them an opportunity to gain an insight in to the tribal way of life and were engage in social awareness programmes in villages like Singri, Kathani, Tatimara where they created an awareness on digital payment initiatives, ‘Beti Bachao beti padhao’ , maintenance of health and hygiene, substance abuse ,cleaning drive and on forest conservation rally where posters and banners were distributed.
Besides, the flagging in of the expedition commemorated the great Ahom general Lachit Borphukan, whose statue at Pandu port is a symbol of valour displayed for the present generation.