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Huge cache of ammunition enters capital in the form of scrap

Last Updated: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 22:28

New Delhi: With hundreds of kilograms of
ammunition making its way to the capital in the form of scrap,
the army is busy disposing of the stockpile of more than 3500
pieces of mortars and rockets, defusing about 2000 of these
over the last fortnight.

"Operation Sahyog II was started on May 11 to dispose
of this stockpile of ammunition at the Tughlakabad Inland
Container Depot (ICD). Almost half of the work is done. We
plan to dispose of the remaining bombs in another 15 days or
so," Major General Manek Sabharwal, Chief Engineer, Western
Army Command said here today.
He did not comment on the origin of these ammunition.

"Origin (of the ammunition) will not change the
nature of our operation. Moreover, it is not our mandate. None
of these ammunitions have any marking to suggest their origin.
It could be from any of the war torn countries in the world,"
he said.

When asked about the total quantity of the explosives
stored in Tughlakabad ICD, Sabharwal said, "It is difficult to
find out the exact amount as there are different kinds of
explosives. As per a rough estimate, it could be 500 to 600

The ammunition arrived at the Tughlakabad ICD in the
form of war scrap imported by iron and steel industries in
the country.

Army has deployed about 50 men including three
officers from 201 Bomb Disposal Company of the Corps of
Engineer for the task named as Operation Sahyog II, added
"Tilpat range in Haryana, near Faridabad, is being
used to dispose of the bombs. It has been selected because of
its proximity to Tughlakabad ICD. There is no civilian
population there which further minimizes possibility of any
accident," said Sabharwal.

Following detailed satellite mapping of Tughlakabad
ICD and Tilpat range, the operation was planned in five
different phases, including the route to be followed by trucks
to transport these ammunition to Tilpat range.

Specially designed equipment like Remotely Operated
Vehicles (ROVs) and Telescopic Manipulators are being used by
the teams to handle the heavy ammunition.

Between 100 to 200 ammunition are being handled by the
team everyday, Sabharwal added.


First Published: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 22:28

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