New Delhi: The Indo-Tibetan Border Police on Saturday said the Sino-India border was "extremely peaceful" and there were no new threats to its security, rejecting latest reports of incursion attempts being made by the dragon nation.

"What I personally commit myself to is that there is some dispute in certain sectors because of the Line of Actual Control at the Indo-China border. But it is extremely peaceful. There is nothing which requires any measures from Indian side to further guard the border," Director General of ITBP Ranjit Sinha told reporters here.

Noting that border dispute between the two countries dates back to the 1962 war, he said, "Both the parties (India and China leaders) have talked it. There are many committees which meet on regular intervals. The border there is very peaceful and government is taking action on the controversial matters."

Asked about recent reports of air and land space violation by the Chinese side, the DG said, "First you should know the boundary. If you do not know your home's boundary then how would you say there has been incursion? It is a matter on which talks are still underway.

"There are no new challenges as such. We are guarding that border. In fact we are the only police given the task of guarding it. There is nothing which we can talk about or which requires the attention of the media," he insisted.

ITBP guards the 3488 km Indo-China frontier from Karakoram pass to Jechap La. To a question over his meeting with the Indian Air Force chief over the latest air space violation by China in Leh area of Jammu and Kashmir, the ITBP DG said, "I have read it (violation attempt) in the newspapers. When we met we had talked as to how we can mutually work along the Indo-Tibetan border.

"We do not have any service for air surveillance so that we can find whether there has been such violation or not. We are not equipped for it. We do not have radars so that we can find out whether or not there has been violation of our air space," Sinha said adding that the matter seeking permission for its own air surveillance wing is pending with the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The ITBP chief rejected reports of Chinese bunkers on the Indian side saying, "I am not aware of any such (thing)".

"Our border is very peaceful as of date. And there has not been any major activity (related to incursion)," Sinha said.

ITBP to buy high speed boats

High speed boats is being procured by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, deployed along the country's border with China, for its newly created water wing to man lakes, rivers and hot springs in the Himalayan region.

"We had asked the government to give us a water wing so that we can patrol along the large water bodies on the border. Government has accepted it. We are now raising it. It is not operational yet. We will be buying high speed boats. Personnel will also be trained for it," Director General of ITBP Ranjit Sinha told reporters here on Saturday.

Addressing a press conference on the occasion of ITBP's 50th raising day, the ITBP Chief said that the force is on an expansion mode and in the process of acquiring the latest equipment.

"We require new equipment as our boys are posted in very difficult areas. Sometimes they have to go out during night time or if they are moving in naxal affected areas, so they require a special type of equipment. We have given the specification and the government has allowed us to do it internally," Sinha said.

About 55,000 personnel strong mountain range force guards the 3488 Km long Indo-China border from Karakoram pass in Ladakh region to Jechap La in Arunachal Pradesh.

Besides, it is involved in internal security related duties like anti naxal operations, security of vital installations and VVIPs, election duties and disaster management among others.

"We are on expansion mode. 13 new battalions have been sanctioned for us. We will expand in phases. By 2015, all the personnel under this plan will be inducted.

"We were facing manpower crunch as the force has got new duties in naxal operations, disaster management, VVIP protection. New battalions will help us there. There will also be some relief for our personnel posted on high altitudes. There will be rotation giving them some relief," he said.

To a question on getting its own air wing, the ITBP chief said "This proposal is under the consideration of the Ministry of Home Affairs".

"No decision has been taken yet. You know it is easier to buy helicopters but difficult to manage it. There is a lack of pilots and engineers. It needs planning. All these matters have to be decided at the highest level.

"We have asked the government to give us a dedicated air wing to help in case our boys have fallen sick at high altitude border out posts. If we have a dedicated air wing, it would be great," Sinha said.

He said that some of the border outposts are not accessible by land. "It is very difficult to take rations to higher altitude areas there. All this BoPs are serviced through air only for that purpose we take all help from the air wings of Border Security Force (BSF) and Air Force," the ITBP head said.

To a question about handing over the operational command of ITBP to Army, Sinha said "no decision has been taken on that yet".

"They are not asking for complete command. They have given proposal for certain areas where they feel that both Army and ITBP are deployed. The matter is being looked into by the MHA. No decision has been taken yet," the DG said.

However, he clarified that "it should be on the basis of requirements. We are not facing any difficulty which makes us feel that we need changes in operational command".

"We have a very good synergy with Army. The relationship is very hormonal and cordial. They are very cooperative," he added.
The force will celebrate its 50th raising day on October 24 and observe 2011-12 as Golden Jubilee Year for the ITBP. A commemorative stamp will be released by the Department of Posts to mark the occasion.

ITBP, which was set up in 1962 in the wake of India-China war, is also providing security cover to the Indian Embassy at Kabul and Indian Consulates at Jalalabad, Kandhar and Mazar- e-sharif in Afghanistan.

(Agencies)