Army HQ transport company celebrates raising day

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Chandigarh, June 10 (UNI) The Army Headquarters Transport Company which chauffeurs the top brass of Integrated HQs of Mod(Army) recently celebrated its 66th anniversary.

The company, which was raised in 1942 has the unique distinction of providing the transport support round the clock, throughout the year to the VVIPs of the Indian Army. The men are known to show punctuality that you could set your watch by them at any time of the day or night and the services will be there as desired without fail.

The drivers treat the staff cars that they drive as their children. Such is the efficiency and enthusiasm of the system that the vehicle is out for duty with in five minutes when called for duty.

As soon as a request for a car is made, the driver is informed and asked to get ready. Before he can get ready, the car is already checked and driven to the gate by other personnel of the company.

Its vehicles cover a distance of over one million kilometers every month ferrying very senior military dignities and ministers and joint secretaries of MoD in Delhi and NCR. Behind the precision of their operation is a carefully computed man-management programme that ensures that the driver and his whereabouts are known at any given time.

Also, all arrangements for his lunch and refreshments made in a manner that his needs are catered for between assignments to keep the show going. The unit cook house remains open till the last man returns from duty and has his dinner.

Even with such large operation of vehicles that includes staff cars, motorcycles, load carriers and bus plying in Delhi and NCR, the company has distinction of accident free record and 100 percent mechanically fit vehicles.

The company is one of the highest decorated units of Indian Army with one Shaurya Chakra, five Vishisht Seva Medals, and over 850 COAS/VCOAS/Army Commanders/CISC commendation cards to its credit.

The company being commanded by Col Mukesh Chadha was also recently felicitated with ISO 9001:2000 certificate.

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