Indian Army`s Sea to Sand Expedition concludes

A first of its kind expedition by the Indian Army, to explore some of the most remote and inaccessible international border regions of Gujarat and Rajasthan, concluded yesterday, an official statement said on Sunday.

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2010, 18:56 PM IST

Ahmedabad: A first of its kind expedition
by the Indian Army, which included members of city`s Golden
Katar division, to explore some of the most remote and
inaccessible international border regions of Gujarat and
Rajasthan, concluded yesterday, an official statement said
on Sunday.

The `Indian Army`s Sea to Sand Expedition` undertaken
by two Officers, two Junior Commissioned Officers and twelve
other ranks of the Golden Katar Division and a team of
civilian scientists, concluded at Munabao in Barmer district
of Rajasthan yesterday.

Major General I S Singha, General Officer Commanding
Golden Katar Division, on the occasion, exhorted the local
youths to take the cue from the spirit of adventure, teamwork
and dedication of the team to join the Armed Forces.

According to the statement, the team under Capt Manoj
Parmar of the Parbat Ali Brigade explored some of the most
remote and inaccessible international border regions in
Gujarat and Rajasthan with an aim to study the ecological sub
systems, understand the culture and ethos of the inhabitants,
establish a bond with the local youth, increase awareness
about the Indian Army and establish rapport with other
ex-servicemen of the region.

It also got itself familiarised with terrain of Barmer
district and learned the survival instincts of the local
inhabitants there, it said.

The expedition comprised of four legs starting from
Balachadi on September 6 in Gujarat and terminating at Munabao
in Rajasthan on September 18.

In the first leg, the team mapped 200 km of the watery
expanse of the coastal belt and the Rann of Kutch from
Balachadi to Kuda in light crafts.

The second leg measuring 50 km was traversed on
bicycles from Kuda to Dhrangadhra.

The team raced 200 km through the treacherous Rann in
Maruti Gypsies from Dhrangadhra to Bhakasar.

The expedition culminated with a Camel Safari that
involved an arduous sojourn of 203 km on camel back through
the sandy expanse of the Thar desert.

During the expedition the team endeared itself to the
local population through various events conducted enroute such
as medical camps at Juna Kataria in Gujarat and Alamsar, Gadra
and Munabao in Barmer, Rajasthan.

They also conducted weapon, equipment and band display
at Bhakasar, Siyaniya, Chadi, Ramsar, Chauhtan and Munabao in
Barmer district of Rajasthan.

The expedition also propagated social reform issues
such as female infanticide, girl education, small family norms
and others.

PTI