‘Border infrastructure to be at par with China’
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 01, 2011, 17:17
New Delhi: The ITBP is trying to increase its infrastructure and logistics "commensurate" to what China is developing along the Sino-Indian border, newly appointed chief of the force Ranjit Sinha said on Thursday.

Sinha, a 1974 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre, spelt out his priorities as he took over the reins of the 45,000- personnel-strong force.

Incumbent Director General R K Bhatia retired yesterday.

"Information has been received that development of infrastructure is being done on the Chinese side. We are increasing and enhancing our infrastructure in a commensurate way," Sinha told reporters when asked about reports of China increasing its strength on its side of the border.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) guards 3,488 km of the Sino-Indian frontier.

Sinha, however, said that according to information he has the "situation is normal and no incident" has happened along the China border.

The topography on both sides is different from each other and the government is making efforts to upgrade infrastructure along the border, he said.

Sinha has earlier served as the chief of Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the mountain trained force as its Additional Director General (ADG).

"We are also enhancing facilities for jawans guarding the borders and we will keep the government informed about all these initiatives," he said.

Sinha also said that the force is raising an exclusive wing to patrol water bodies in the Himalayan region, a task performed in coordination with the Army at present.


First Published: Thursday, September 01, 2011, 17:17

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