On the momentous occasion of 239th Anniversary of our Corps and with a deep sense of pride, I extend my best wishes to all Officers, JCOs, ORs & Civilians of the Corps of Engineers and their families.
The Corps has a history replete with acts of valour, courage and supreme sacrifice and continues to earn respect of our brothers in Arms and the civil fraternity with display of highest standards of professionalism and courage. The Corps has not only done credible work within the nation but also on foreign shores, earning an enviable reputation. In essence, the Motto 'SARVATRA' of our Corps is a true reflection of our activities.
The Combat Engineers have proved their mettle again in providing relentless support to the field formations, erection of security fences around the Military Cantonments and Construction & Maintenance of Operational works. Tremendous progress with regards to prospective equipment has been achieved with the delivery of new dimensional bridging systems and the trawling system. The Corps has fabricated numerous innovations at unit level to expedite and meet daily challenges. Combat Engineers have played a stellar role in contributing troops for overseas deployment on UN missions. A large No of exercises have been undertaken with foreign countries with a view to share good practices and enhancing our own drills.
Military Engineer Services has undertaken and completed infrastructure project conforming to Modern Standards. Once again our premium construction agency showed professionalism by executing numerous tasks during recently Culminated Scout Master Competition at Jaisalmer. The focus has been on incorporating best engineering practices & enhancing user satisfaction through timely action and ensuring quality works delivered. In an attempt to modernization, large No of Solar Projects have been completed by the Military Engineer Services.
The Border Roads Organisation has displayed dedication and professionalism while executing tasks in inhospitable terrain and under inclement weather conditions. Braving the odds, the men of the organisation have kept the nation's arteries open to traffic and have also completed many strategically important roads and tunnels on the Northern frontiers.
Our personnel in Military Survey have kept pace with the technological developments in the field, while continuously updating and digitizing maps. Its progressive path towards a giant leap in the field of Geographical Information System, digital mapping and cartography is well chartered.
The Corps has continued to excel in the field of sports and adventure. Our dominance in rowing and sailing continues. Nb Sub Vishnu Saravanan won Bronze medal in 2019 Laser Under 21 European Championship, in Poland. Sub Anandan G, Para athlete won Gold medal in T-60 category and qualified for Para Athletic Olympics Tokyo 2020. Hav Narayana Para Rower won Bronze medal in World Rowing Cup in Poland. Hav Deepak excelled in Boxing Championship at Thailand & won Silver medal. Nb Sub Suraj Karkera represented Indian Hockey Team as Goalkeeper during 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019 in Malaysia. Nb Sub N Sriram Balaji won the doubles titles in ATP Challenger 2019 in Taipei China besides participating in Wimbledon. The personnel of Corps have brought laurels by performing well in sports and adventure at both national and international levels. Our sights are set high and more promising results are on the horizon.
Corps of Engineers has always been the first to respond in case of any natural calamity in the country. This year also the teams of Corps of Engineers were deployed during flood relief in the states of Assam, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Bihar & Punjab. The Corps was the main stay in successful conduct of Kumbh Mela at Prayag Raj. In addn, construction of 170m long floating Bridge at T Narsinghpura near Mysore as part of assistance to Civil administration during Mysore Kumbh Mela was testimony to our success.
I also take this opportunity to pay homage to all our martyrs of the Corps, because of whom we walk tall today. Lastly, I call upon one and all to rededicate themselves, with renewed vigour and seamless synergy, as we are the architects of the future of the Nation. Our efforts today shall shape the destiny of our Nation and stand as a beacon for the future generations to emulate.
I wish all members of the Corps and their families the very best in all future endeavours.
Jai Hind !