Army officer attempts BASE jump from Delhi tower

In a bid to popularise the adventure sports in India, an army officer, Lt Col Satyendra Verma today attempted the country`s first BASE jump from the 235 meter tall Pitampura Tower in the national capital.

Last Updated: Oct 29, 2010, 21:47 PM IST

New Delhi: In a bid to popularise the
adventure sports in India, an army officer, Lt Col Satyendra
Verma today attempted the country`s first BASE jump from the
235 meter tall Pitampura Tower in the national capital.

The jumping activities are part of centenary celebration
of the Indian Army`s Corps of Signals department, who shoulder
the onerous responsibility of providing with peace-time static
communication as well as the combat communication.

Many adventurous activities are being organised during
the centenary year and some record breaking attempts in the
field of aero adventure sports are also being made, a release
said.

"The field of Skydiving and BASE jumping despite being
very high visibility extreme sports do not have much
precedence in India till now and my jump today is one of the
attempts to make the sport popular and also reiterate the
already well known daredevilry of the Army and the Corps," an
elated Verma said after his jump.

"I have done many such jumps outside India but this one
being the first in our own country makes it truly special,"
added Verma, who has represented the country in World Military
Parachuting Championships in Russia and Switzerland.

He also hoped that his attempt will grab attention of the
adventure seeking youth of India and inspire them to join the
Indian Armed Forces.

The `Army Adventure Wing`, who coordinates and conducts
all the adventure activities and competitions for Indian Army,
is also celebrating its 25th Year of Inception.

-PTI