Indian Army to elevate Central Army Commandís Uttar Bharat Area to operational corps

Team India Sentinels Tuesday 20th of February 2024 09:43 PM

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New Delhi: In a significant move aimed at bolstering its operational capabilities along the line of actual control (LAC) with China in the middle sector, the Indian Army is in the process of elevating its Headquarters Uttar Bharat (HQ UB) area into a full-fledged operational corps. This strategic shift signifies a heightened focus on the Central Command sector, which borders China in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

The Uttar Bharat Area is headquartered in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh.

Currently, HQ UB functions as a static formation, overseeing peacetime establishments and training facilities in Uttarakhand and western Uttar Pradesh. However, reports suggest its transformation into a dedicated operational corps will entail the integration of combat units, additional artillery brigades, engineering brigades, and logistical components. This restructuring could potentially see troop strength in the region increase significantly.

Several factors appear to be driving this decision.

Firstly, the ongoing stand-off with China along the LAC, especially in eastern Ladakh, necessitates a constant state of operational readiness. Transforming HQ UB into a corps facilitates quicker decision-making and coordinated action, leading to a more agile response to unforeseen situations.

Secondly, the increased troop density in the area demands a streamlined command structure for effective management and resource allocation. An operational corps provides a robust framework for integrating diverse units and ensuring smooth logistical support.

Thirdly, the move reflects India’s proactive approach to border security. By establishing a dedicated corps in the Central Command, the Army aims to bolster its deterrence capabilities and project a strong posture at the disputed border.

While official confirmation is still awaited, several media outlets have reported the development based on anonymous sources within the Army. Notably, this wouldn’t be the first time India has created a new corps in response to evolving security challenges. The Eastern Army Command raised a new mountain strike corps specifically for bolstering security along the LAC.

The Indian Army maintains a defensive posture at the LAC, and the creation of the new corps is primarily aimed at enhancing its preparedness for any eventualities. Experts believe this move underscores India’s commitment to safeguarding its territorial integrity and deterring potential aggression.

It may be noted that the last commander of the Uttar Bharat Area, Lieutenant General Ram Chandra Tiwari, is now the commander of the Eastern Army Command, which is headquartered in Fort William, Kolkata, as reported earlier by India Sentinels.


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