Army takes steps for swift troop movement along China border

PTI
New Delhi, Publish Date: Nov 24 2017 12:12AM | Updated Date: Nov 24 2017 12:12AM
Army takes steps for swift troop movement along China border

In the backdrop of the 73-day- long Dokalam standoff, the Army has decided to significantly ramp up road infrastructure along the Sino-India border and tasked its Corps of Engineers to vigorously work on it to ensure swift movement of troops whenever necessary.

Official sources said the Corps of Engineers (CoE) has already initiated a series of steps including placing orders for latest versions of various mountain cutting and road laying machines and equipment besides procuring assault tracks for fast movement of troops.

The sources said the Army headquarters ordered over 1,000 dual track mine detectors to enhance Corps of Engineers' mine detection capability.

Over 100 excavators with latest features are also being procured to increase the existing capability of the engineers to lay operational track along mountainous regions in Northern sector

The sources said over 50 short span bridges and a sizeable number of assault tracks for quick movement are also being procured to increase their mobility.

As per the plan, the Army engineers will initially lay roads in mountaineous terrains and if necessary they will be further strengthened by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). PTI