Friday, 9 March 2012


UDHAMPUR: A 60 meter span  road bridge constructed by Project Beacon of the Border  Roads Organisation (BRO) at Km 17.5 on the Udhampur Bye Pass connecting National Highway 44 at Jaikhani was inaugurated  by Lt Gen KT Parnaik, PVSM, UYSM, YSM, GOC-in-C Northern Command  on 10  Mar 2012. The bridge has been built to double lane specification with a load bearing capacity of 70 tonnes. The construction of the bridge commenced in Jan 2009 and has been constructed at a total cost of
Rupees 2.20 crores.

The bridge will replace the old trusted 40 ton Capacity Bailey Bridge that had been the sole lifeline along this road. The bridge will provide much needed relief to road users with 100% heavy traffic now being  diverted through this road. The bridge has been named “Shankar Bridge” in memory of Late Supdt BR-II Shankar Prasad of 118 Road Construction Company who made the supreme sacrifice of his life, while restoring road communication during Snow Clearance Operations on 07 Jan 2012 on the Kishtwar- Sinthan-Anantnag road.

The Army Commander complimented Project Beacon, popularly known as ‘Lifeline of Kashmir’ amongst the locals, for the various tasks being executed in the state of J&K. He was particularly appreciative of the glorious  service rendered by the  Project  in snow clearance operations  during the recent heavy snowfall in the State.     “Your Selfless Service and dedication to duty  will further cement the lifelong bond of  friendship between the  Awam and the Armed  Forces” the Army Commander said.

Soon after the Bridge was officially declared open, traffic started plying smoothly from both sides of  the highway and the joy  was evident on the faces of the people in the city. The inaugural ceremony was attended by  a host of  Military and civil dignitaries.


NOUSHERA: An educational-cum-motivational tour ‘Watan Ki Sair’ was organized under Project Sadbhavana by the Ace of Spades Division and Naushera Brigade from 27 Feb to 09 Mar for twenty four students from villages located in remote areas near the Line Of Control of Naushera Sector.

The tour was flagged off from Naushera on 27 Feb and culminated at Jhangar on 09 Mar after visiting Delhi, Jaipur and Ajmer. During the tour, the participants spread the message of peace and tranquility and closely witnessed the vibrant history,culture & progress of India that these locations had to offer.         
This tour visited various places of interest at these locations including Akshardham Temple, India Gate, Red Fort, Rajghat, Lotus Temple, Jama Masjid, Parliament Street, QutabMinar, Connaught Place, Jalmahal, Ram Niwas Garden, Shalla Devi Mandir, Ajmer Sharif, FatehSagar Lake, Anna Sagar Lake and were thrilled to experience a ride in the famous Delhi Metro.

The successful completion of this tour has resulted in developing a deep sense of association with the nation amongst these children of remote areas.  This tour has given a glimpse of the road to better future & development to these children which will become their guiding light to shape the future, growth & development of their areas when they grow up.


UDHAMPUR: 132 FAC flight carried out a bicycle expedition from Udhampur to Riasi form 05 Mar to 07 Mar 12. The aim of this expedition was to inculcate a spirit of adventure and camaraderie amongst the air warriors of the unit. 

The cycle expedition was flagged off by Wing Commander SS Kaila, Station Commander 39 Wg, AF on 05 Mar 12 at 0800 hrs. The route followed was Udhampur –Tikri- Katra- Riasi and back. The cyclist had a tough task of cylicng on hilly roads and dirt roads and took 08 hours to cover the distance.
Ten cyclist from the unit had participated in the expedition which included three officers , six airmen and one NC(E). The expedition was led by Wing Commander Ajay Bhardwaj, Commanding Officer of 132 Flight. During the expedition the cyclist interacted with various Army and para military formations enroute and also interacted with civilian population. 

The cyclist spread awareness about the IAF amongst civilians by carrying out a lecture in school and colleges in Riasi. The unit undertakes casualty evacuation of civilians in J&K sector and therefore this interaction with civilians will go along way in fostering spirit of cooperation and belongingness amongst all military, paramilitary and civilian population.