ITBP deploys its own engineering wing for Indochina border roads and tracks

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) for the first time made the decision to deploy its specialized engineering wing for the construction of certain roads and footpaths along the real line of control in order to speed up projects of connectivity with its posts in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh.

The move, which was approved by the Union’s Interior Ministry, comes amid a military standoff with China in the eastern region of Ladakh.

Official sources told PTI that the border force, ITBP, has taken up the “challenge” of constructing four of the 32 roads under Phase II of the Indochinese Border Roads project and two of the total 18 tracks it has received. sanctioned. by the government.

They said the roads of varying lengths of about one to two kilometers, connecting the ITBP border posts in the Himalayan ranges, lie within the 3,488 km Real Line of Control (LAC) of the Ladakh region. with China, while the footpaths, which are used by troops on patrols, are in the Arunachal Pradesh region.

Engineers and supervisors of the ITBP wing “will plan and monitor” all work, and a land force including laborers and masons will be hired in accordance with government standards, sources said.

Traditionally, road construction projects along these areas are carried out by the Border Roads Organization (BRO), the Central Department of Public Works (CPWD) and other such agencies.

Officials said the force’s engineering wing, a critical component of the ITBP since its inception in 1962, has been mobilized for this task in order to speed up border post connectivity work.

In these remote, high-altitude areas, finding contractors and construction workers is not so easy, and as a result, border road construction work remains slow, an officer explained.

The government stressed the need to ensure connectivity by roads so that rations, troop transport and other logistics along the ALC can be easily moved.

Therefore, this first attempt at engaging the ITBP engineering wing has been made, he said.

The ITBP engineering wing, restructured over the years, is responsible for “taking care of the construction of operational structures, including border outposts, apartment and office buildings, solar lighting, groups generators and house systems in snow-covered border areas, in addition to designing strategic defenses around a border post. “ Currently, the government has launched Phase II of the Indochina Border Roads (ICBR) project which covers several roads, footpaths and border posts.

The first phase of the ICBR was launched in 2005 under the general supervision of the Ministry of Interior (MHA) and work on a number of roads, heliports and troop bases from this period is ongoing.

According to official data, 538.50 kilometers of road were laid along the Chinese border until November of last year.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai, recently said during the 60th day of the ITBP lifting on October 24 that the process of sanctioning new border battalions for the ITBP was in the process of ” last steps “.

He was referring to the central government sanctioning last year of 47 new border posts and a dozen assembly camps (operational bases for troops carrying out border patrols) to paramilitary force trained in mountain warfare.

The ITBP of about 90,000 people was lifted following the Chinese aggression of 1962.

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