ELECTRONICS AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS IN OPERATION MEGH RAHAT IN KASHMIR VALLEY
The recent unprecedented floods in Kashmir caused massive devastation. It affected every part of life and left a large populace homeless and stranded. Challenges were thrown from life saving, rescue and relief to restoration of infrastructure. Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME) of Army which is the sole agency for repair and maintenance of entire range of Army equipment showed a brilliant rebuild capability marching shoulder to shoulder with those engaged in life saving missions. EME teams got launched in Bemina, Rajbagh and Tengpura area North of Jhelum in Srinagar alongwith rescue columns for repairs of Boats, Out Board Motors and Heavy Duty Water Pumps. The Soldier Craftsmen of EME were also associated with the repair and relief operations of Batwara, Shivpora and Indranagar area South of Jhelum. Recovery of submerged vehicles and equipment, repairs of generators, communication equipment, carrying out light to heavy recovery or crane duties in standing water at mid night were hallmarks of the EME warriors. They worked tirelessly round the clock, removing the fallen trees and electric poles from the highways to keep the axes open, so that the momentum of relief operations could be speeded up.
EME in the Valley took up a challenge to rebuild and service a vast range of equipment, much beyond its mandate, as a knowledge based service to assist the Civil Administration. They undertook repairs of Boats of NDRF, Dewatering pumps fielded by ONGC and Tube Well pumps of MES to ensure that normalcy is restored in minimum time. EME extended its engineering skills and innovation to assist the civil electrical engineers in repairing the power transformers and heavy duty 200KVA generators to ensure smooth functioning of Hospital services. Anybody and everybody was welcome to seek technical assistance in all possible ways in hours of total blackout of communication. The Cantonment Board, MES, Power and Transmission Department, Civil Administration, NDRF, Hospital services and Water Craft services were whole heartedly and proficiently assisted in Operation Megh Rahat. The effort of EME requires a special mention considering the fact that their own unit was totally inundated with entire equipment submerged under 10 feet of water. The Corps of EME truly lived upto its motto of ‘Karam Hi Dharm’.