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Army shifting two new formations to Shimla in replacement of Training Command

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Amid protests from the and locals over shifting of the Training Command from Shimla, senior sources in the force said two new formations would be deployed there and the number of troops posted there may be higher than ever before.

The Army, as part of its reorganisation plans, is shifting the Training Command to because of its proximity to the capital and better coordination.

"By December this year, the Training Command is planned to be shifted to The Training Command in would be replaced by an Headquarters and the and Area Headquarters," sources told ANI.

The sources said the number of troops in these formations is likely to be higher than before and combat oriented troops would be present in the city," they said.

Maintaining that would continue to maintain its military outlook, the sources said the and Area Headquarters being shifted from Ambala to would help in addressing the welfare of retired and serving troops of the state in a much better way.

The Thursday objected to the Union Government's proposed plan of shifting the (ARTRAC) from Shimla in to in

to cancel the plan, MP wrote a letter to him saying that it would also adversely affect the economy of Shimla and the hill state.

In his letter written on Wednesday, he stated, "There will be huge financial implications for relocating of these big institutions from Shimla to Meerut which will have a negative effect on exchequer amounting to hundreds of crores and will not serve any purpose.''

After India's Independence, the headquarters of the was located in Shimla during the India-wars in 1948, 1965 and 1971, as well as the India-war of 1962.

The was shifted to Chandimandir only in 1985. Ever since its establishment in 1993, the has over 27 years allocated a large amount of money and resources for ARTRAC, Sharma had stated.

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First Published: Fri, June 14 2019. 20:12 IST