The strength of Border Security Force would be stepped up by adding 29 new battalions, Union Minister of State for Home Mullapally Ramachandran said.
With the addition of new battalions the total strength of the force would go up to 186, he said, delivering the keynote address at the inauguration of the BSF centre at Ayyamkunnu near in Thrissur.
As part of the expansion, a IG headquarters of BSF would be set up in Bangalore and sectoral offices in Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram, he said.
Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan, who inaugurated the centre, said the state government would provide the required land for the campus. He said the government was keen to ensure that no central project was lost due to lack of land.
State Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and Revenue Minister K P Rajendran spoke on the occasion.