Finally after 50 years, ITBP realized the need to deploy a mechanised columns of electric vehicles and machines to accelerate the troops on the China-India border in the urgent and serious circumstances like Dokalam issue. This very needed judgement of raising the military style war wing was taken when Union home ministry has approved the deployment of snow scooters. Snow Vehicles’ posting will be seen at all the high-altitude border outposts of the hill-warfare trained force on the 3,488-km long border.
According to a senior home ministry official, 250 Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs), all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snow vehicles, diggers and some other type of four-wheeled vehicles will be comprised in the mechanised column. To have such a mechanised column in the border guiding force has been must to protect the border like in the case of any sudden issue or a conflict, they first bear the invasion.
Only the Border Security Force under the Home Ministry which secures the Indo-Pak border had an artillery unit and some mechanical components.
The resolution to raise the mechanised column has been initiated by the forces’ headquarters here sometime back. Director General R K Pachnanda to make a specific presentation to the ministry in this context.
“Many more such vehicles and machines, including anti-skid ATVs, will be acquired by the force in the coming few months. The force has about 30 border posts above the height of 15,000 feet and some 50 such posts above 12,000 feet and the home ministry has accorded sanctions to the ITBP to have at least one snow scooter at each of these frontier bases,” the statement was given by the official of ITBP.
He added, “The force has also been given sanctions to upgrade its firepower by modernising the support weapons like 81mm mortars.”
On the other hand, the official of home ministry stated, “Sanctions have already been accorded to procure modern machines and vehicles for the force. So, apart from expeditiously completing the construction of China border roads in the wake of Doklam-like incidents and transgressions, the government has decided to strengthen the assets and strength of both the army and the ITBP, the first line of defence on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).”
Recently, the Ministry of Defence has decided to remarkably increase the infrastructure of the border, including the areas surrounding the dispute with the Chinese border. At the conference held at Army’s commanders, this decision took the shape. After discussing extensively on the Dokalam issue and analyzed all possible security challenges on the northern border.
Last year, ITBP for strengthening its caliber to effectively secure this border acquired over six dozen SUVs and sent them to remote border areas for patrol and transport of troops. And in the beginning of this year, five ice scooters were purchased in the same way. After the Chinese invasion, force was raised in 1962.