For the first time ever, an attempt is being made to take out a sailing expedition on the mighty Brahmaputra. The expedition will be flagged off on October 16 by ADG NCC Northeast Region Major General Bipin Bakshi at Biswanath Ghat, once an important naval position of the Ahom Kingdom. The ten-day-long expedition will culminate on October 25 at Pandu, where the famous Battle of Saraighat was fought between the Ahoms and the Mughals.
Named as Lachit-1, after the Great General of the Ahom Kingdom Lachit Borphukan, who fought against the Mughals in the Battle of Saraighat in 1671, the expedition will cover a distance of 220 KM.
Speaking to Republic TV, Major General Bipin Bakshi, Additional Director General of NCC, Northeast Region said that this expedition not only involves an adrenaline rush, but also a lot of challenges. "We are going into uncharted waters, the Brahmaputra is as much a challenge as mighty it is," he said.
The expedition will revisit the Battle of Saraighat, which is the only battle in the history of India fought entirely on the water between the Mughals and the Ahoms, in which the Mughals were defeated. "We will commemorate the Battle of Saraighat," Major General Bakshi said.
A total number of three boats will be used in the expedition. 80 cadets will be part of the expedition and on rotation, at a time 24 cadets will be sailing the three boats. Keeping in view the challenges involved and the safety measures, the teams will only sail during the day with a night halt in various places.
"I am stressing more on safety since this is the first time," added Major General Bakshi. With special emphasis on women empowerment, the NCC has also made 10 girls a part of this expedition.
Apart from revisiting history, this expedition will also carry messages on environmental hazards and climate change. It has been learned that the teams will also spend time to clean the river banks during their sail. They will also create awareness among riverside communities against tree felling and the environmental impact it has on the planet and the ecosystem.