Troops of Southern Command, Pune have launched “Operation Thiruvallur” in continuance of their efforts to contribute directly towards security and well-being of people. “Operation Thiruvallur” is being undertaken under the aegis of “Aid to Civil Authorities”, involving the safe disposal of nearly 10 tonnes of unexploded ordnance which had possibly been collected inadvertently by some factories over a number of years located in the general area of SIPCOT Industrial Estate in Gummidipoondi in Thiruvallur district of TamilNadu. It is an intricate and complex effort involving many weeks of detailed planning and coordination with the civil authorities.
The operation is a classic demonstration of joint coordination and planning undertaken between the Army and Tamil Nadu government, on whose request the operation has been specifically approved by Ministry of Defence. The aim of the operation is to ensure a safe environment for all citizens in and around Gummidipoondi. The operation involves segregation & disposal of unexploded ordnance from a metal scrap dump, now covered with undergrowth. The dump had been unattended after a violent blast & consequent death of a factory worker a few years back. The overriding factor whilst planning and undertaking the operation has been safety. The operation is likely to continue for few days.