Chhattisgarh may get its first army cantonment

March 26th, 2009 - 11:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, March 26 (IANS) Army chief General Deepak Kapoor is arriving in Chhattisgarh Friday on a two-day visit to hold discussions with the state government for setting up an army cantonment in the state, officials said Thursday.
Official sources say that Kapoor will meet Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, Chief Minister Raman Singh and Chief Secretary P. Joy Oommen and will hold discussions for establishing a cantonment in the state for which an area of about 200 acres has already been identified in Bilaspur district.

Kapoor’s visit will be the first ever official visit of an army chief to the state that came into existence in November 2000.

Before winding up his trip Saturday, Kapoor will also visit the Counter Terrorism of Jungle Warfare College (CTJWC) set up by the state government in 2005 in Kanker district of Bastar region. The region, in the southern part of the state, has been facing a violent insurgency from Maoists for years.

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