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ITBP to accommodate troops in plains after stint in Himalayas
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Published on 28 Sep. 2009 11:30 PM IST
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The premier force guarding the Sino-Indian border -ITBP- is on a land buying spree to accommodate its personnel in the plains after they spend about three years in the gruelling heights of the Himalayas. Official sources said the force has already bought 75-85 acres land in about seven cities including Raipur in Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh to form its battalion head quarters. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police, who have also been roped in by the Union Home Ministry in its fight against Maoists, is in the advance stage for procuring land in Belgaum in Karnataka, Madurai in Tamil Nadu, Ranchi in Jharkhand, Guwahati in Assam and Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, reported ZeeNews. Sources said land is being acquired on a priority basis as the personnel posted from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Diphu La in Arunachal Pradesh covering 3,488 KM of India-China Border and manning Border Outposts on altitudes ranging from 9,000 to 18,500 feet in the Western, Middle and Eastern Sector of this Border undergo tremendous mental and physical pressures during their posting that lasts nearly three years. “Because of constant posting in the Himalayas where they live in isolation and because of the cold climate, the personnel undergo a lot of pressure. Land in plains will help them to rejuvenate and will also give them an opportunity to stay with their family,” sources said. They said construction is already in full swing in Raipur and is likely to be completed later this year. The force, which will also have a women component very soon has already got an approval of Rs 150 crore for its modernisation and the funds will be spent on the purchase of weapons, surveillance and communication equipment, vehicles and night vision equipment. ITBP has also got approval from Ministry of Home Affairs for building 27 roads worth Rs 912 crore along the borders which would be completed by 2011-12 by the Border Roads Organisation. The roads will help the mobility of ITBP personnel in inaccessible areas where presently it takes up to nine days to reach a post. Negotiations are also on for the procurement of land in Orissa, Uttar Paradesh, and Tezpur in Assam besides a few other cities.

 
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