ITBP to raise 13 more battalions to be based across country



Madurai: The Indo-Tibetan Border Police has proposed to raise 13 more battalions to be based across the country, a top official has said.

The battalions could also be used by states during elections, ITBP DGP R K Bhatia said after the "bhoomi puja" (ground breaking) ceremony for a permanent camp of the force, the first in south, at Idyapatti near here last evening.

Another camp would come up in Belgaum in Karnataka, he told reporters adding the camps would ensure presence of paramilitary forces at various places facilitating faster mobility of the personnel for internal security and other duties, including elections.

Besides, ITBP personnel deployed in high altitude border areas where oxygen supply was low were shifted to plains after two years of service in the borders, he pointed out.

He said 2,500 personnel, mostly from the southern states, would be recruited for the force.

An ITBP training centre would come up in Sivaganga, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's native district and Parliamentary constituency, Bhatia said.

The Idyapatti camp would be constructed in three years on a 80 acre site given by Tamil Nadu government.

The battalion with 1,100 personnel, including officers, would function from temporary structure which would be built in six months, he said.

To a question, he said ITBP required 60 acres of land for setting up camps. If any state government provided land, they would be willing to set up camps.

PTI