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Army plans to boost border infra, changes in formations


New Delhi : Close on the heels of the Doklam standoff, organisational changes are likely in some of the key Army formations besides steps to boost infrastructure along the nearly 4,000 km-long Sino-India border including around the areas of dispute, reports PTI.

The decisions were taken at the Army’s commanders conference which extensively deliberated on the Doklam face off with China besides analysing all possible security challenges on the northern border, official sources said.

In his address at the week-long conference that began here on Monday, Chief of Army Staff Gen Bipin Rawat asked the commanders to be prepared for all eventualities at “all times” while Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman emphasised the need to guard against “inimical forces”.

Director General Staff Duties Lt. Gen. Vijay Singh, briefing on the outcome of the conclave which was also attended by top defence ministry officials, said it was decided that there would be considerable “heft” towards road construction activities in the northern sector.

He said the the issue of organisational changes of some of the formations for capability enhancement was examined, adding it was decided to grant additional funds to BRO, a defence ministry entity, for development of roads and other infrastructure.

Official sources said capacity enhancement along the Sino-India border was a major focus area and the conclave decided to boost infrastructure along the entire stretch with China including around areas of dispute.

In her address, Sitharaman lauded the Army for its swift and effective response in dealing with “external and internal threats”, seen as a reference to the Army stopping the construction of a road in Doklam by China and its anti-terror operations in J&K.