The barracks of the 122 Infantry Battalion stationed here will be the cynosure for four days beginning on March 25 when actor Mohanlal begins his visit for his post-commission training after he has been conferred the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel title.
Lt. Col. (Hon.) Mohanlal's visit to the battalion's parent unit here for four days and his participation in a civic reception being accorded to the battalion to honour its achievements are all set to be a major attraction here. Elaborate arrangements were under way at the TA unit here for offering the actor mandatory post-commission training at the parent unit. He has already completed pre-commission and commission training in New Delhi.
Explaining the programmes being organised at the unit in connection with Mr. Mohanlal's visit here, battalion Commandant Col. Davidson Kolath said that he would undergo training in weapon training and battle drills, among others. The training would start on March 25 evening when the actor would reach here. On March 26, the superstar would undergo day and night training in the basics of various physical and battle skills, he said adding that the training would offer Mohalal to do whatever he was supposed to do as a brand ambassador of the TA. The training would also continue on March 27, he said.
The actor would be the centre of attraction at the civic reception being accorded to the TA unit on March 27 evening. A contingent of the battalion would stage a march past from the Fort Maidan here at 5 p.m. and reach the Jawahar Stadium, the venue of the reception, at 6 p.m. The battalion Commandant said that floats and weapon display would be arranged as part of the march past. The civic reception would be followed by cultural programmes.
Mohanlal had been conferred the honorary military title on July 9, 2009 as a brand ambassador of the TA. Col. Kolath said that the presence of the actor in TA would inspire youths to join the TA, which is a citizen's army. The battalion is the only TA unit in the State and one of the best TA units in the country as it had carried out combat operations in Jammu and Kashmir, he said adding that it had also been involved in disaster relief efforts and sports and games activities.