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IRF WORLD ROAD MEETING 2017
27-Sep-2017 

MES DAY: 26 SEP 17

LT GEN SURESH SHARMA, AVSM
1. Military Engineer Services (MES) is celebrating its 95th MES Day on 26 Sep 2017. In 1923, on this day, the MES was created and brought under the unified control of Engineer-in-Chief by the then Hon'ble Secretary of State of India by amalgamating Royal Corps of Engineers Personnel and Civilian Staff.
 
2. MES is one of the oldest and largest government infrastructure development agency with an annual budget of over Rs 17,000 crore. It provides round the clock engineering support to the Armed Forces enhancing their operational preparedness. Besides conventional building construction for the Armed Forces, MES is also involved in the execution of sophisticated and complex projects like airfields, runways, hangars, dockyards, wharves and other marine structures.
 
3. MES has also been entrusted with the construction of the prestigious National War Memorial and National War Museum. With Government emphasis on dedicating these monuments to the Nation at the earliest, the core team is already in place and the project is set to commence shortly.
 
4. Several cases for enabling provisions to empower the MES executives are under consideration with Ministry of Defence. The long awaited revision of Works Procedure and Scales of Accommodation 2009 are likely to be approved shortly. In addition, new construction techniques of Design and Build, provision for Green Building Norms and increase in Maintenance norms at par with CPWD are few other issues which are at an advanced stage of approval by the Ministry.
 
5. MES, being one of the largest and premier construction agencies in the country, has been prompt in implementation of the latest Government policies on construction. In the field of renewable energy, several Solar Energy projects are being undertaken by the three Services, which upon completion would contribute immensely towards the National target for use of Solar Energy.
 
6. MES has been able to deliver quality engineering support to Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and other Government organisations by close, constant and intensive interaction with the users and administrative staff.
 
7. Lt Gen Suresh Sharma, AVSM, Engineer-in-Chief, congratulates all MES personnel on this day and urges them to dedicate themselves to this great organisation in providing better services and contribute towards nation building.
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