Continuing the glory, CAD Pulgaon celebrate its Platinum Jubilee

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 May 2017 10:22:28














Staff Reporter,

Pulgaon Central Ammunition Depot (CAD), the Mecca of Ammunition, is the country’s largest and Asia’s second biggest ammunition storage facility which is also a highly sensitive and strategically important infrastructure of the nation, celebrated its Platinum Jubilee on Tuesday.

The Depot has a glorious history, and rich traditions. Way back in 1930, when Lord Linlithgo, the Viceroy of India, General Sir Claude Auchinlek, the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff of India, General Sir Rob Lockhart and General Frank Messervey met during a conference at Lahore. A need was felt to raise logistics organisation in India, not only to support the British war in South-East Asia, but also to accept the back-loaded resources under the pressure of the Japanese offence.

An aerial survey of Central India was carried out to select a site for storage of back-loaded ammunition of Army, Navy and Air Force from Singapore. In this aerial survey, Pulgaon found strategically better site to establish a storage facility than Itarsi and Bhusawal.

On Mar 6 in 1942, the construction commenced, and a temporary railway siding was made by May 16 in 1942, at the present location. The Depot was inaugurated by Lt Col W V Atkins, Chief Ordnance Officer of the Central Ammunition Depot.

The depot was initially an inter-services organisation, meant for storage of ammunition and explosives, with elements of Navy and Air Force forming part of the establishment. The Naval Detachment moved away in 1947, and the Air Force Unit (7 MU, IAF) got detached in the year 1970.

The depot is mainly highlighted at national level due to fire incidents couple of times but brave personnel of the CAD proved themselves to handle any adverse situation. As a result, 13 personnel including Lt Col Ranjeet Singh Pawar, Maj Krishnan Manoj Kumar, Nk Ran Singh, Sep Satya Prakash Singh, Sep Ram Chander, and Sep Satish were awarded Sena Medal Gallantry (Posthumous) during the Republic Day 2017 for their gallant contribution in dousing the fire during an accident took place on May 31 in 2016.

The soldiers ensured that the effect of the accident was localised, and the neighbouring locations and surrounding villages remained safe.

The Depot was adjudged as the best Central Depot in the year 2015, and was awarded for innovation in the year 2014, and 2016. The depot was also awarded Concentrating Solar Technology Excellence Award 2016, for Solar Thermal Steam Generation Equipment by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

The Depot has completed seventy five years of service to the nation on Tuesday. On this occasion, depot organised Mandir Function, Special Welfare, Special Sainik Sammelan and Wreath laying at Memorial.