A Task Force of 203 Engineer Regiment comprising of 02xOfficers, 02xJunior Commissioned Officers and 60xOther Ranks were inducted into Sri Lanka on 01 Jan 2005 to provide relief and help in reconstruction after the Tsunami devastated that country. Personnel from 4012 Field Ambulance as well as 12 Corps Signal Regiment augmented the Task Force. Various tasks undertaken by the Task Force during their stay at Sri Lanka were:


            (a)       Construction of Bailey Bridges.
            (b)       Construction of habitat and refugee camps.
            (c)        Restoration of water supply and electricity in affected villages.
            (d)       Cleaning and chlorination of open wells.
            (e)       Providing medical support to the affected population.

      The Task Force reached its pinnacle when it took upon the task to bridge a gap of 360 feet between Pothuvil and Arugambay towns in Sri Lanka. It would be pertinent to note that Sappers of the US, Canada and the Austrian armies apart from engineers from Japan, US, Germany and China expressed their inability to undertake  this task. The Task Force was then approached through the Indian Defence Attache for the task. The Task Force constructed a 360 feet Double Single Continuous span bridge  with  four spans and three intermediate piers.  It also included construction  of  Double Triple bays over the three supports and the entrance and exit to the bridge to cater for negative  Bending Moment.
     The Task Force worked in coordination with the Sri Lankan forces especially the Sri Lankan Sappers, civil administrators, engineers as well as with our own Indian Navy The Task Force through its selfless and dedication to work in true spirit of the Indian Army earned a lot of goodwill from the locals, the armed forces and the Sri Lankan govt.


The efforts of  the MEG team were highly appre by the diginataries of the State Govt which incl Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka, Ministers of State for Revenue , Health, Industry and Tourism and other  high level diginatries of Police (DGP and IG) who vis the incident site during the course of ops. A copy of letter of appre originated by the District Commissioner Bellary Dist

Rescue and Relief Operation at Bellary

2.         On 26 Jan 2010, a five storied apartment under constr collapsed at Gandhi Nagar, Bellary in Karnataka at about 2030hr.  The debris caused damage to neighbouring BCM (Backward Classes and Minorities)boys hostel.  About 50 constr workers and students were feared trapped under debris of the collapsed bldg and the hostel. Govt of Karnataka requisitioned a team of Army for rescue & relief ops.  HQ K & K Sub Area ordered the Centre to mob resources at 2330 hrs on 26 Jan 2010.  By 0330 hrs on 27 Jan 2010 a team of three JCOs and 47 OR under Maj Vivek Bindra was desp to the site.The team on reaching, the site the team straightaway launched the relief operation. With relentless return operation round the clock, the Thambis rescued a large no of persons alive.


Op Kosi Prahar . The unprecedented rains and the breach of Kosi barrage in Nepal resulted in worst floods in the history of Bihar and   ‘Op Kosi Prahar’ was declared wef 01 Sep 08.    Three fourth of Bihar was affected by the fury of River Kosi and the same was declared as a national disaster.  Army was requisitioned by Govt to provide assistance to civil administration. Several  units of the  Madras Sappers  were deployed under Op Kosi Prahar and performed splendidly.  Thambis of Madras Sappers Units in the true Madras Sappers tradition carried out their task in evacuating  lakhs of people,  distributed several thousand tons of relief materials and brought succour to the flood affected  people Bihar.  Relief  material  was also desp by the Centre for the flood affected population of Bihar.
Cyclone Relief Work in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh

A cyclonic storm of immense proportions struck Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh on 12 Nov 1977, bringing in its wake disaster and tragedy. Torrential rains followed by devastating floods killed thousands of people and destroyed property of many more. With the civil administration, three task forces of Madras Sappers were deployed. The first one cleared a massive blockage in the 11 km long water pipeline of the Madras Refinery, the second evacuated marooned people and distributed aid in Tirchurapalli and Madras, while the third, organized into six water supply detachments pumped out sea water from Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.

Operation SEA WAVES – Tsunami

The Tsunami which struck in Dec 04 caused catastrophic damage. Hundreds of villages were wiped off and millions of people rendered homeless. Columns from the Madras Sappers Unit and Madras Sappers Unit were pressed into service. The tasks involved were the rehabilitation of the Air Force Base and adjoining areas in Car Nicobar Island, as well as providing relief in terms of removal of debris and construction of temporary shelters in coastal Tamil Nadu.

Earthquake in Gujarat

A massive earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale hit the Kutch - Bhuj region of Gujarat on January 26, 2001 and wiped out hundreds of villages, rendering thousands of people homeless. Madras Sappers Units were rushed to perform rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations. Demolition of unsafe multistoried buildings was undertaken by the Sappers, with exemplary skills.

Operation SAHAYATA - Cyclone in Orissa

A super cyclone, hit the coastal districts of Orissa on 29 Oct 99. Madras Sappers Unit which was deployed to assist the civil administration in restoring normalcy, worked round the clock evacuating marooned people, distributing food and other aid, providing drinking water, cleaning roads and providing security at places where arson was expected.

Devastating Earthquake, Latur

A devastating earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale struck areas of south-eastern Maharashtra on September 30, 1993. Fifty villages were razed to the ground. Deployed on the same evening, Madras Sappers Unit cleared the debris, evacuated survivors and removed dead bodies from the rubble. Temporary shelters were then created to provide refuge to the affected people.

Flood Relief at Kaziranga National Park

Due to floods in 1998, 80% of the park was submerged under water, leading to loss of several species of animals. To solve this problem, Madras Sappers Unit,created sufficient high grounds in the park, where animals could take refuge when required. Additional park space was also created with 500 tons of earth-filling.

Rescue During Railway Accident

The 26 Down Bangalore - Quilon Island Express, on July 7, 1988, derailed on the Munruthurutta Bridge, over Asthamudi lake, 15 km from Quilon. Several coaches were submerged. A detachment from the Centre, led by Col PR Rao, SM, left for the accident site and assisted the civil administration in extricating the coaches, along with the dead bodies.

Saga of Tarapur Bund

Saga of Tarapur Bund
13 June 1976 saw Silchar town reel under the fury of unprecedented floods caused by torrential rain, which had caused a breach in the Tarapur Bund. A detachment of Madras Sappers Unit under Captain R.C Khera, contained the dangerous erosion of the bund, and sealed the breaches. In addition more than 3,000 marooned people, in imminent danger of being drowned by the enveloping flood waters were rescued and provided with food packets and other aid.
Flood Relief - Jammu & Kashmir August 1957 saw the state of Jammu & Kashmir reel under one of the worst flood conditions since Independence. A 590 feet aerial cableway constructed across river Poonch by Madras Sappers Unit, which proved to be the only means for ferrying people to safety, and affectionately nicknamed “Madras Mail” by the locals, was in imminent danger of being washed away. As a safety measure, the towers and anchorages were strengthened enabling round the clock operation of the ‘Madras Mail’.