New Delhi: In a bid to develop strong military forces as compared to China, India is planning to set up Mountain Strike Corps in the hills of bordering states.

According to Army sources, the Defence Ministry is in talks with the governments of Assam, West Bengal and Bihar for the setting up of the headquarters and units of the planned Corps.

Army headquarters, sources say, have earmarked around 12 locations where they will set up a structure.

The Army decided to form Mountain Strike Corps after it planned two new divisions in the northeastern region.

Notably, the headquarters of these divisions are in Zakama of Nagaland and Missamari, Assam which house nearly 1,000 officers and more than 35,000 soldiers.

The Defence Ministry is giving thrust to arrangements for radars, tanks, aircrafts, missiles, etc in the northeastern states. The recently placed Sukhoi in Tezpur and Chabua are a part of the same operations.

The Ministry is also developing advanced landing ground and airstrips near the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

It should be learnt that the sudden preparedness from India’s side is a result of China strengthening its defence across the border.

It is been estimated that China has developed around 60,000 kilometre road network, railway network and many airports near the LAC with India including Tibet.

The Army is also mulling to deploy Light Howitzer and light tanks near LAC in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

According to senior officials in the Army, around 5,000 acres of land will be required for setting up Mountain Strike Corps headquarters in Assam, West Bengal and Bihar.

JPN/Bureau