The Southern Command of the Indian Army disposed of 1,600 metric tons of unexploded ordnance to help civilian authorities in Mumbai and several other locations, a defence release said on Thursday.
In Mumbai alone, over 800 tons of Unidentified Explosive Objects (UXO) with explosive content of about two thousand kilograms of RDX/TNT was disposed of.
According to the release, Operation ‘Visphotak Mukt Bandargah’ was undertaken by the Army in the direction of the Defence Ministry to ensure the safety of people living in these areas. The ordnance had possibly been collected inadvertently by some factories and steel scrapyards over the past few years at multiple locations in Mumbai, Gujarat, Kanpur, Jaipur, and Jodhpur. A special Bomb Disposal Team from the Central Ammunition Depot, Pulgaon carried out survey, segregation, and disposal of unexploded ordnance.
In a similar operation in the Thiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu in March 2021, the Southern Command had safely disposed of unexploded ordnance, the release stated.