44 ‘strate­gi­cally im­por­tant’ roads to be con­structed along China bor­der

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NEW DELHI, Jan 13 (PTI)

THE Gov­ern­ment will con­struct 44 strate­gic roads along the bor­der with China and over 2,100 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. Last year, In­dian and Chi­nese troops en­gaged in a face-off at the Doka La tri-junc­tion af­ter the neigh­bour­ing coun­try had be­gun build­ing road in the area.

The stand-off 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 road along the In­dia-China bor­der will be con­structed at a cost of nearly Rs 21,000 crore. “The CPWD has been 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.

A sol­dier in­spects area near ‘Rock of Peace’ along In­dia-China bor­der. (File photo)

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