India to build 50 new outposts along the Chinese border

Last Updated: Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 13:09

New Delhi: With an aim to increase vigil
along the Sino-Indian border, government is planning to set up
50 new border outposts (BOP) all along the icy frontier.

The plan to establish more BOPs along the Sino-Indian
border will allow troops of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police to
undertake Short Range Patrols (SRP).
This will reduce the inter-BOP distance, which exceeds
more than 50-kilometres, and the present Long Range Patrols
(LRP) can be made effective by having more SRPs, official
sources said.

Currently the ITBP, which guards the 3,500-km-long
border, has more than 140 BOPs in the inhospitable terrain
that are prone to frequent blizzards, avalanches, heavy
snowfall and have temperatures as low as minus 20 to minus 40
degrees.

The posts are located at heights ranging from 9,000 to
18,500 feet while 60 percent of them are not connected by
roads.
Most of the BOPs are located on hills and almost 30 percent are maintained by helicopters. Communication between
patrol parties and the base locations and posts is often
disrupted by bad weather.

Once the new posts come up, not only the patrols would be
effective, they would be able to cover more areas
qualitatively, the sources said.

Home Minister P Chidambaram while addressing ITBP men on
their 48th raising day on Friday had said, "We are considering
an ITBP restructuring plan. The plan includes measures to
strengthen border posts".

The government has also decided to provide more than 100
satellite phones, all terrain vehicles and oxygen cylinders to
ITBP troops on the border.

The troops deployed here will also have high-altitude
clothing on par with Army troops who are stationed at the
Siachen glacier.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has also sanctioned
computers, recovery vehicles, fibre-reinforced polymer huts,
high-power snow cutters, deep-search mine metal detectors,
hand grenade simulators and other surveillance devices for
the ITBP troops.

ITBP Director-General Vikram Srivastava had said the
troops will also be provided with modern BOPs which will
be equipped with solar power generating apparatus.

"Every BOP will be provided with two 620 litres capacity
oxygen cylinders. A number of such initiatives have been taken
for the benefit of our troops posted at these difficult
areas," Srivastava said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 13:09

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