Transport Battalion of Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Chandigarh, created a marshy road driving track to train its forces.
The Transport Battalion of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Chandigarh, created its own marshy road driving track to train drivers for high-altitude mountain regions.
The tracks aim to train ITPB drivers to travel on challenging Himalayan roads and to train drivers and motor mechanics on mountain driving and maintenance drills and procedures, as vehicles require special care in mountainous terrain and sub-zero temperatures.
This comes amid multiple challenges faced by the Indian Army and ITBP, including landslide zones and Kacha road en route to Border Out Posts (BOPs), where vehicles often get stuck due to excessive rainfall.
The ITBP said the driving track will give motor transport personnel real-world training.
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police, founded on October 24, 1962, is a specialised Armed Police Force in India that trains its personnel in mountaineering, skiing, and intensive tactics to create a unique image for the Force. The ITBP also responds to natural disasters in the Himalayas as ‘First Responders’
ITBP guards 3,488 km of India-China border, from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh. It plays a key role in Chhattisgarh’s internal security and operations against LWE.
Most ITBP Border Out Posts (BOPs) are between 9,000 and 18,800 feet high, where winter temperatures drop to minus 45 degrees Celsius.