Development of nuclear hardened facilities for armed forces

As a big boost for the frontline defense forces, the Indian Army’s engineering corps is getting the latest equipment to build tunnels for ammunition storage and nuclear hardened facilities, Lt. Chief Engineer-Gen Harpal Singh said on Sunday.

Lt. Gen. Harpal spoke at a role in the Institution of Engineers where he received the Eminent Engineering Personality Award for engineering service from the Defense Forces and Border Roads Organization (BRO).


Speaking at the event, Singh said, “Combat engineers are escorting the road links to the front areas and ensuring that local communities and villages that have been included as waypoints in our plans are in line with the efforts of the Prime Minister of Gati Shakti. Microtunnelling is the taste of the time to ensure a hardened defense and operational logistics infrastructure. Tunnels for ammunition stores for the army and air force are used on a large scale. “


He added that nuclear-hardened facilities are being developed in the front areas to improve the ability of the boots on the ground.

The chief engineer shared his experience in solving various technical problems of a complex nature, including success stories and achievements during his long and illustrious career in the armed forces. Singh announced that the BRO supports strategic road construction not only along the borders, but also in neighboring countries, within the framework of our strategic reach.


“The dual-use BRO infrastructure of roads, tunnels and bridges is a force multiplier not only for our strategic needs, but also for the development of communities along with pristine remote border locations. The most difficult infrastructure landmark to illustrate my point of view would be the Atal Tunnel. We faced major challenges during construction, “said Lieutenant General Harpal.

“As part of the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative, we are leading young minds and engineers to innovative research internships at our Center of Excellence at the College of Military Engineering, Pune. It has pioneered nano technology in a short period of time by developing India’s first Nanomaterial, silicon nano tube and graphene-based concrete, less cement, “he added.

The General Officer has competently mastered a variety of technical challenges over the past 39 years, even under adverse terrain and operating conditions. The wide range of technical challenges includes combat technology, habitat and training infrastructure, roads and airfields, complex tunnel construction projects, construction machinery management, marine infrastructure, etc.

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