For enhanced vigil, the Indian government has allowed Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) to create 47 additional border outposts and 12 staging camps along the China border, reports Economic Times.
A strategic sector headquarter to boost manpower and infrastructure along the China border will also be built post approval from the Home Ministry.
The purpose of the staging camps for ITBP troops, who patrol some of the most difficult terrains in the world, is to act as temporary border outpost for the troops and provide access to rations, logistics and a place to stay.
ITBP had sought the creation of staging camps to reduce the inter-temporary border outposts (BOPs) distance as troops often experience frequent blizzards and sub-zero temperatures.
India has 180 BOPs along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) manned by 100 soldiers. The new BOPs will be temperature-controlled and help forces to counter transgressions by the Chinese army, as per officials.
ITBP is responsible for guarding the 3,488 km-long LAC with China that runs along with the new union territory of Ladakh and states of Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh.
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