Jai Hind: Madras Sappers turn 232

Published: 26th September 2012 08:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2012 08:41 AM   |  A+A-


Madras Sappers will celebrate their 232nd anniversary from September 27 to 29. 

With a modest beginning with just two Pioneer Companies in September 1780 in Chennai as a part of the Madras Presidency of the East India Company, the Group has grown from strength to strength.

The Madras Sappers record of grit, sacrifice and valour in various military operations is legendary. 

A large number of awards and decorations have been bestowed upon the men and units of Madras Sappers. These troops have been an integral part of rehabilitation and rebuilding of the nation after various disasters. 

From tsunami, cyclones, earthquakes, railway accidents, floods to maintenance of law and order; the Madras Sappers have been a part of every relief operation in the country and abroad.

Its association with Bangalore dates back to 1865, when the headquarters of Madras Sappers moved from Dauleshwaram to Bangalore.  Since then, for over 147 years, they have been contributing their share to the growth of this city. On numerous occasions, the group has extended its support for various civic plans including cleaning of Ulsoor lake.

The Centre also extends a helping hand to the families of those Madras Sappers who have sacrificed their lives in the service of the nation with a  fully functional Resettlement Cell, where all attempts to provide employment to these families along with retired personnel is done.

As a part of the celebrations of Biennial Regimental Commanders Conference, various events have been organised to revive old memories, and provide a platform for interaction between the serving and retired personnel to build new bonds and exchange valuable experiences.  Major events that have been organised include Regimental Football and Basket Ball Championships,  and War memorial services to pay tributes to all martyrs of Madras Sappers.


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