‘Govt tak­ing steps to re­vamp bor­der in­fra­struc­ture’

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - NATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: At a time when In­dia is lag­ging be­hind China in bor­der in­fra­struc­ture, de­fence min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley on Fri­day said the gov­ern­ment was work­ing to cre­ate “match­ing in­fra­struc­ture” to re­alise the coun­try’s mil­i­tary po­ten­tial.

Ad­dress­ing the first meet­ing of the con­sul­ta­tive com­mit­tee on de­fence, Jait­ley said In­dia’s im­me­di­ate neigh­bours had al­ready bol­stered in­fra­struc­ture in prox­im­ity to the bor­ders. He said In­dia was ramp­ing up bor­der in­fra­struc­ture “based on the strate­gic re­al­ity of our neigh­bour­hood.”

The min­is­ter said the gov­ern­ment had taken sev­eral steps to over­come road­blocks such as pro­ce­dural de­lays, en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ance and short­age of high­tech­nol­ogy equip­ment to ac­cel­er­ate the process of build­ing roads in crit­i­cal ar­eas.

The army has pri­ori­tised 22 roads for de­vel­op­ment. Work on th­ese roads is be­ing closely mon­i­tored by the de­fence min­istry so that there are no de­lays.

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