GUWAHATI, Nov 16 � The Centre has decided to improve vigil along the international border with China and new border outposts (BOPs) of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) are coming up. The ITBP has submitted a proposal to the Government to provide air support to improve vigil.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, ITBP Director General Subhas Goswami said the number of BOPs along the border would be almost doubled. He revealed that along the Arunchal Pradesh border alone as many as 54 new BOPs would come up. He said for manning the new BOPs, at least six new battalions of the force would be required and the Government has already accepted the proposal to raise new battalions. He pointed out that at least eight new battalions of the force would be required to man the border in Arunachal Pradesh. At present, around 40 BOPs of the ITBP are functioning in Arunachal along the international border.
On the activities of the ITBP, Goswami said the force is deployed along 3,488 kilometres of international border with China and the terrain is the main challenge before the personnel of the force, who are specially trained to work in high altitudes. The temperature in some of the BOPs can go as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius, while frequent avalanches make the task of the personnel more difficult. However, the force personnel are braving the hostile weather conditions to keep vigil along the border, he said.
Replying to a question on transgressions by China, Goswami refused to divulge the details of the number of such incidents and said, �We always report such incidents to the Government of India and it would not be proper to make the same public.� However, at the same time, he admitted that such minor problems would continue till the international border is properly demarcated. He pointed out that because of lack of a properly demarcated border, the perceptions of both sides differ from time to time. However, he said the border with China remains by and large peaceful and both sides have not used force for years.
The number of points where both sides can hold talks has also increased and whenever some minor disagreements take place, the ITBP and the Army can discuss the matter with the Chinese counterpart at the local level to settle such issues.
The ITBP DG further said that there is need for improving infrastructure including condition of the roads to improve vigil along the international border and the ITBP has already submitted a proposal to the Government to provide dedicated air support to the force to improve its performance.