Plan to de­ploy troops on In­doMyan­mar bor­der


Aplan to de­ploy 41,000 troops and set­ting up of ` 5,000-crore in­fra­struc­ture will be on the gov­ern­ment’s ta­ble this week as it looks to re­place As­sam Ri­fles with the Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force (BSF) to guard the por­ous Indo-Myan­mar bor­der. A team of se­nior BSF of­fi­cials will soon make a de­tailed pre­sen­ta­tion to the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs as to the force’s re­quire­ments for sta­tion- ing its per­son­nel and cre­at­ing posts along this 1,640-km-long bor­der, which is no­to­ri­ous for move­ment of in­sur­gents and smug­gling of arms and nar­cotics.

A field sur­vey team is al­ready in the bor­der ar­eas to map the to­pog­ra­phy and the ter­rain and forests in the area. BSF, ac­cord­ing to sources, has pro­jected a re­quire­ment of 41 bat­tal­ions (roughly 41,000 per­son­nel), un­der three new sec­tors, to man this bor­der.

The es­ti­mated cost of cre­at­ing the in­fra­struc­ture for the above, over a pe­riod of five years, is about ` 5,000 crore.

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