In news : Southern Command of the Indian Army, Pune has launched ‘Operation Thiruvallur’ in Tamil Nadu
A brief note on Operation Thiruvallur
- It has been launched by the Indian Army for the safe disposal of at least 10 tonnes of unexploded ordnance collected from the industrial sector in Thiruvallur district, Tmail Nadu
- The aim of the operation is to ensure a safe environment for all citizens in and around Gummidipoondi
- It involves meticulous and high risk segregation of unexploded ordnance and controlled destruction, which has been undertaken by a formation of the Southern Command that has expertise in handling bombs and explosive devices
- The activity will go on for three to five days.
- The operation is being undertaken under the aegis of ‘Aid to Civil Authorities,’ involving the safe disposal of nearly 10 tonnes of unexploded ordnance which had possibly been collected inadvertently by some factories over a number of years located in the general area of SIPCOT Industrial Estate in Gummidipoondi in Thiruvallur
- The operation is a classic demonstration of joint coordination and planning between the Army and Tamil Nadu state government, on whose request the operation has been specifically approved by the Ministry of Defence.
- The operation involves segregation and disposal of unexploded ordnance from a metal scrap dump, now covered with undergrowth.
- The dump had been left unattended after a violent blast and consequent death of a factory worker a few years ago.
Southern Command of Indian Army
- The Southern Command officially came into existence on 01 Apr 1895
- The Southern Command comprises two Corps with their Headquarters, located at Jodhpur and Bhopal.
- Amongst the static formations are the Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa Area, with its HQ at Mumbai and the Dakshin Bharat Area with its HQ at Chennai.
- It encompasses eleven States and four Union Territories covering nearly 41 percent of the country’s landmass.
- Its formations, establishments and units are spread over 19 cantonments and 36 military stations.