The total extent of defence land in the country is about 17.57 lakh acres, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said on Friday.

Bhamre said in Lok Sabha that of the total defence land, the largest chunk of 3,73,040 acres is in Rajasthan, followed by 1,02,257 acres in Madhya Pradesh, 67,464 acres in Punjab, 47,640 acres in Uttar Pradesh besides others.

"The total land acquired for defence purpose after independence in the country is about 8.38 lakh acres," he said during Question Hour.