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Govt reviews infra projects along China border

- PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

The Centre on Monday reviewed the progress of ongoing roads and other infrastruc­ture projects in Arunachal Pradesh in the wake of recent stand- off with China, a home ministry official said.

Union ministers Kiren Rijiju and V K Singh, Army chief General Bipin Rawat and senior officials reviewed the ongoing projects along the China-India border.

“We have discussed the roads and other infrastruc­ture along the border,” Rawat said after the hourlong meeting.

Arunachal Pradesh shares 1,126 km border with China of the total 3,488 km long border between the two countries.

To redress the situation arising out of lack of infrastruc­ture along the border with China, the central government has decided to undertake constructi­on of 73 roads of operationa­l significan­ce along the forward areas.

Of these 73 roads, 27 involving 804.93 km length are being constructe­d by the Ministry of Home Affairs in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhan­d, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh at an estimated cost of ~1,937 crore, a home ministry official said.

The work of constructi­on of these 27 roads has been assigned to the Border Roads Organisati­on (15 roads), Central Public Works Department besides others.

Of 27 roads, eight roads have been completed. Two roads are maintained by the Ministry of Defence. Constructi­on work of other roads is in progress.

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