REPUBLIC DAY 2024: In an unprecedented move, Major Divya Tyagi is set to become the first female officer to command the all-male contingent of the Bombay Sappers at the Republic Day parade. This marks a historic moment in the three-hundred-year history of the Bombay Sappers, as it’s the first time a woman officer will lead the regiment’s all-male contingent at the parade in Delhi.
Major Tyagi, a 31-year-old officer who joined the 115 Engineer Regiment of the Corps of Engineers eight years ago, views this as a significant accomplishment. She will be at the helm of a contingent that includes an officer, two junior commissioned officers, and 144 other ranks, all of whom have been rigorously preparing for the parade over the past six months.
Currently stationed at the Bombay Engineering Group and Centre in Khadki, Pune district, Major Tyagi holds a B Tech degree in Civil Engineering and is married to an army officer. She graduated from the Officers Training Academy in Chennai as Academy Cadet Adjutant and became a Bombay Sapper in September 2016.
The Bombay Engineer Group, colloquially known as the Bombay Sappers, is a regiment of the Corps of Engineers in the Indian Army. The group, which traces its roots back to the Bombay Presidency army of the British Raj, has its headquarters in Khadki. Although the Sappers’ lineage dates back to 1777, the official formation of the group is recognized as 1820, when Engineer Lascars were raised and formed into a company known as ‘Sappers and Miners’ under the Bombay Army.
The Bombay Engineering Group has been honored with the highest gallantry awards both pre and post-Independence, including the Victoria Cross, the Medaille Militaire, the Param Vir Chakra, and the Ashok Chakra.