Pointing out that a large number of hydro-power stations were being built in the state,the Himachal Pradesh government on Monday urged the Centre to sanction a marine commando unit for the state to strengthen its security network around the vital power installations. Speaking at the Chief Ministers conference on internal security at New Delhi,Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal suggested that the Centre should provide funds for raising a marine commando unit to guard hydel projects and other installations on the states water bodies.
The chief minister also offered to deploy four companies from the states India Reserve Battalions (IRB) for strategic security duty in the national capital and made a demand for the sanctioning of two additional IRB units in the state. He sought the release of Rs 32.97 crore to raise the 5 th and 6 th India Reserve Battalion in the state.
Stating that there was a need for better infrastructure in Himachal to counter Chinas assertion in the region,Dhumal requested the Union Government to construct a strategic world class air field on the Indian side of the Tibet border and also pleaded for state-of-the-art communication and construction of the Bhanuppli-BilaspurManali-Leh railway line,as already assured by the Prime Minister.
He also sought Rs 800 crore central assistance for the construction of around 6,290 residential quarters and barracks to ensure basic human needs and high level of work performance of police personnel.
On the Tibetan issue,the chief minister said a Tibetan Refugee unit has been set up in the state intelligence department at Shimla and urged the Centre to reimburse the entire expenditure being spent on the unit,besides bearing the security expenditure for His Holiness The Dalai Lama .
Dhumal also sought subsidised regular helicopter services,on the pattern of the north-eastern states,particularly for Himachals tribal areas that are cut off from the mainland during winter. The chief minister urged the Centre to meet the full expenditure of around Rs 30 crore being spent on maintaining peace along the Jammu and Kashmir border.