16 new SSB battalions for Nepal, Bhutan borders
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 17, 2010, 22:38
New Delhi: With an aim to strengthen security along the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders, the government today decided to raise 16 more battalions of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) in the next three years.

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has cleared the proposal of the home ministry and the battalions will be raised at an estimated cost of Rs 1,800 crore, official sources said.

The raising of 16 new battalions, with 16,000 personnel, for the SSB is the first phase of the proposal, while an equal number of battalions will be raised in the second phase in the next six years, raising the strength of the border-guarding force from current 35 to 67 battalions.

Recruitment, training, identification and procurement of lands and construction of buildings will take at least three years, they said.

The SSB guards 1,751 km-long Indo-Nepal and 699 km-long Indo-Bhutan borders.


First Published: Thursday, June 17, 2010, 22:38

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