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Ladakh’s all-weather border outposts project fails, ITBP looks for new agency

Last Updated on September 20, 2021 at 1:55 pm

The construction project in eastern Ladakh to provide benefit to the troops has turned out to be a failure. At the times where Indian troops are having a faceoff with the Chinese along the Line of Actual Control, the failure of the project is surely a disappointment.

The all-weather integrated border outposts (BOPs) project was announced in 2015 but turned out to be a non starter even spending crores of rupees. The BOPs were supposed to have freeze-proof toilets, running water and temperature maintained above 22 degree Celsius at all times.

The project was first of its kind in the region and considered as a crucial step in improving border infrastructure for troops on the frontline.

The project was awarded to National Projects Construction Corporation (NPCC) for 20 crore rupees, a PSU under the Ministry of Jal Shakti. But five years later, the project has been declared a failure by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

As per reports, the temperatures which were said to be maintained were not able to achieve and could not be maintained even after many attempts and trials. ITBP has approached Ministry of Home Affairs to give clearance to another private or government agency to complete the project. Moreover part of the payment has been stopped since NPCC did not complete the project, reportedly.