Govt to con­struct 44 ‘strate­gic’ roads

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NEW DELHI: The gov­ern­ment will con­struct 44 strate­gic roads along the bor­der with China and over 2100 km of ax­ial and lat­eral roads in Pun­jab and Ra­jasthan, abut­ting Pak­istan, a CPWD doc­u­ment shows.

Ac­cord­ing to an an­nual re­port (2018-19) pre­pared, and re­leased ear­lier this month by the Cen­tral Pub­lic Works Depart­ment, the agency has been asked to con­struct 44 “strate­gi­cally im­por­tant” roads along the In­dia-china bor­der to en­sure quick mo­bil­i­sa­tion of troops in case of a con­flict.

The nearly 4000-km-long Line of Ac­tual Con­trol be­tween In­dia and China touches ar­eas from Jammu and Kash­mir to Arunachal Pradesh The re­port comes at a time China is giv­ing a pri­or­ity to projects along its In­dia bor­ders. In 2017, In­dian and Chi­nese troops en­gaged in a face-off at the Dok­lam tri-junc­tion after the neigh­bour­ing coun­try had be­gun build­ing road in the area. The stand­off ended on Au­gust 28 fol­low­ing a mu­tual agree­ment un­der which China stopped the con­struc­tion of the road and In­dia with­drew its troops.

The re­port stated that these 44 strate­gi­cally im­por­tant roads along the In­dia-china bor­der will be con­structed at a cost of nearly ₹21,000 crore.

“T h e C P WD h a s b e e n en­trusted with con­struc­tion of 44 strate­gi­cally im­por­tant roads along the Indo-china Bor­der span­ning 5 states of J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Ut­tarak­hand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh,” the re­port stated.

“The to­tal Cost of work as per DPRS (De­tailed Project Re­ports) is ₹21,040 crores (ap­prox),” the re­port stated It said the process of ap­proval of DPRS by the Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee on Se­cu­rity (CCS), headed by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, is un­der­way.

The DPRS for this project are un­der prepa­ra­tion in CPWD, which is a ma­jor con­struc­tion agency of the cen­tral gov­ern­ment.

“A to­tal of 945 km of lat­eral roads and 533 km of ax­ial roads lie in Ra­jasthan (ten­ta­tive cost ₹3,700 crores) and 482 km of lat­eral roads and 219 km of ax­ial roads in Pun­jab (ten­ta­tive cost Rs 1,750 crores),” it stated.

The road projects will se­cure the vast and re­mote bor­der ar­eas of Ra­jasthan and Pun­jab, it stated.

In­dia’s bor­der with Pak­istan runs through four states, Jammu and Kash­mir (1,225 km, which i ncludes 740 km of Line of Con­trol), Ra­jasthan (1,037 km), Pun­jab (553 km) and Gu­jarat (508 km).

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