PUNE: The Army’s Bombay Engineer Group and Centre (BEG &C), Khadki, would be celebrating its 200 years in service of the Indian Army on January 2020. A motorcycle expedition to commemorate the bicentenary event was organised from Dras to Pune over a distance of 3,687 km through eight States over 26 days.
The expedition was flagged off from Dras in Jammu & Kashmir on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas on July 26 and reached Pune on Wednesday, where it was flagged in by Lieutenant General SK Saini, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command, in presence of Lieutenant General Michael Mathews, Colonel Commandant, The Bombay Sappers, Khadki and a large number of retired and serving officers and soldiers at Milkha Singh Sports Complex, near National War Memorial, Camp.
During the last 200 years, the Bombay Sappers has earned 25 Theatre Honours, 34 Battle Honours, one Victoria Cross, one Param Vir Chakra, one Ashok Chakra and numerous gallantry and distinguished awards, displaying the grit, determination and courage of the Bombay Sappers.
The eight-member Motorcycle Expedition team led by Captain Mohnil Sunil Yadav traced a difficult and arduous route from Dras through Leh, Manali, Jammu, Rajouri, Jalandhar, New Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and reached Pune.
The expedition rode through places where famous battles were fought post-independence in which the troops of Bombay Sappers made the supreme sacrifice for the nation.
Capt Yadav said, “Every day we drove for about 250 km. The ride in Tanglang La and Rohtang Pass areas was difficult. Also at some places, roads were affected by landslides and we had to take an alternate route where it was not easy to ride. Those routes were full of stones, pebbles etc.”
The expedition commenced its journey from Dras where 106 and 108 Engineer Regiments had earned Theatre Honours Kargil and Battle Honour Drass during Operation Vijay in the year 1999. The expedition visited Rajouri to pay tributes to its Param Vir Chakra Late Major RR Rane who displayed courage beyond the call of duty while fighting in Rajouri Sector during Jammu & Kashmir Operations of 1947-48. The Motorcycle Expedition team on reaching New Delhi paid homage to all the martyrs at India Gate and National War Memorial. The expedition utilised the opportunity to interact with Veer Nari (war widows) and veterans of Bombay Sappers enroute to Pune.