It was past midnight, sunlight is a few hours away, you could hear gunfire somewhere in the distant and in front of you is a snow clad mountain more than 15, 000 feet high.
10 year old Kabir was watching LOC on August 15th. Sometimes he gets so engrossed in the movie that he cannot help but think him as one of the characters.
The firing and grenade continued for a few minutes until the military men proceeded towards The Tiger Hill and captured it.
The movie has not even ended when Kabir has already made the decision of his life. “I want to join the Indian army, I want to win a Pram Vir Chakra” immediately came his response.
India shares 3323 Km (including Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu & Kashmir sector) of its land border with Pakistan that is characterized by attempts at infiltration by terrorists and smuggling of arms, ammunition and contraband, the Line of Control being the most active and live portion of the border. In August two BSF Jawans were injured when Pak soldiers violated ceasefire and fired on Indian men.
In Jammu sector, 175.50 Km of floodlighting works have also been completed and work on 9.96 Km will be undertaken after realignment of fencing. Su-kam has been roped in to provide solar lighting over the border fence. Initially in trial process the project was undertaken by Galaxy Engineering Systems, a distributor with Su-kam. A solar inverter lighting 10 LED lights have already been installed in the Naushera area of Indo-Pak border of Jammu and Kashmir only a couple of weeks back on October 15th.
Technical Specification of the 3KVA Off-grid installation at Indo-Pak Border
- Solar panels – 12 panels of 250 watt each
- Solar PCU – 3KVA/48V
- Battery – 8 Table Tubular Batteries of 150AH/12V
The installation that spread over 300 Sq feet took three days to complete because of being a hilly terrain that is 5,167 feet above sea level. Mr. Ashok Kumar of Galaxy Engineering Systems in a conversation with Su-kam recollected his memories of the installation.
“The biggest challenge was to reach the region with all the utilities. Solar panels need a plain land for installation which was difficult to locate. Major Paramjeet Singh along with his men however helped us a lot especially with a fresh waterproof construction to store solar inverter and batteries.”
Reason behind Going Solar:
The army camps were used to generators for lighting the floodlights over the Indo-Pak fence. However transportation being a major hurdle in the region, carrying generator fuel was getting tiresome and inconvenient. Switching over to solar was an obvious decision. The complete installation along with the batteries and inverter amounted to Rs 3 lakhs 60 thousand.
Although Major Singh was unavailable for any comment, the feedback received has been favorable. “After the completion of the trial, 2000 LED solar lights will be installed and panels to power them. This will be a historic feat for Su-kam by making a fair contribution towards the national security lighting the border area” concluded Kumar.
To contact Galaxy Engineering Systems headquartered at Gurgaon, ring 09818455422 or launch a query at 1800-102-4423.