Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

‘Govt taking steps to revamp border infrastruc­ture’

- 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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