Gangotri National Park : Transfer Of Land To The Army And Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Gangotri National Park (GNP) in Uttarakhand, has decided to transfer approximately 50 hectares of land to the Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) for the development of new bunkers and border outposts near the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
- Gangotri National Park was established in 1989 in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand.
- It is located in the upper catchment of the Bhagirathi River and includes Gaumukh at Gangotri Glacier, the source of the river Ganga.
- The park serves as a connecting link between Govind National Park and Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary.
- The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) ,est. 1962; HQ: New Delhi,is a central paramilitary force responsible for border guarding duties along the Sino-India Border, covering a distance of 3,488 km from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh.
- The ITBP is known for its specialization in mountain operations, with its officers and personnel being trained mountaineers and skiers.
- In November 2019, the Ministry of Home Affairs proposed the merger of the Assam Rifles with the ITBP.