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Over 1000 acre for Army in capital
ITANAGAR, Jan 11: After it was reported last year that the Centre had given its nod for the establishment of an Army cantonment in the state capital, details relating to the possible size of the cantonment have been revealed.
Major General Bhaskar Kalita, the GOC of the 56 Infantry Division, Likabali, along with Brigadier AK Borah called on chief minister Pema Khandu this evening and discussed the details of the land acquisition for the proposed cantonment.
An official statement from the chief minister’s office said that the Major General informed Khandu that a joint-survey has already been conducted covering 500 acres. A second joint survey for the remaining 700 acres will be conducted soon. In total, the proposed cantonment will cover 1,200 acres of land.
He also informed that schools, health service centres and other infrastructure would be built as per the designation of the commanding officer posted in the cantonment.
Khandu informed that 53 villages, at least one in each of the 45 border blocks of the state, will be developed as model villages under the Border Area Development Program (BADP).
“Development of these villages will be as per the perspective plan to be framed by deputy commissioners in consultation with commanding officers posted in the respective areas,” Khandu said.
It was also decided that foot-suspension bridges and staging huts along patrolling routes will be built under the BADP during the next financial year.
Kalita informed also that an Army recruitment rally will be held at Likabali, Lower Siang from February 2 to 8 and that pre-recruitment training is being provided to aspiring candidates at various locations of the state. He said around 420 people have registered for 350 vacancies.
The GOC requested the state government’s support to conduct similar rallies in other places on a regular basis.
Brigadier Borah informed that a veterans rally will be held on January 21 at Likabali military station. The rally aims to provide an opportunity for formal and informal interaction to address grievances of veterans, Veer Naris and families of martyred soldiers.