Rs 5,000 cr defence plan for Andamans to counter China in Indian Ocean

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New Delhi/Port Blair: India has planned a military infrastructure development project worth Rs 5650 crore for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to counter China.

Official sources said this has been done in a bid to counter China’s growing footprint in the Indian Ocean region.

Media reports said the development plan at the archipelago would allow additional troops, warships, aircraft, drones, and missile batteries to be stationed there.

This will challenge China’s expansion in the area, official sources said.

This is a 10-year-long infrastructure “roll on” plan for the Andaman and Nicobar Command, the reports said and added that it was chalked up and finalized after extended top-level discussions in the defence establishment.

The Andaman and Nicobar Command is India’s only theatre command which has assets and manpower of the three services of the armed forces, Army, Navy, Indian Air force and Coast Guard coming under one operational commander.

The plan were reviewed by the defence planning committee being chaired by national security advisor Ajit Doval and the three service chiefs.

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