Ladakh Clash: MHA holds important meeting to discuss border roads and projects – Amid tensions between India and China, MHA holds important meeting on road construction

Tension between India and China has increased after Ladakh conflict

new Delhi:

To reduce the tension between India and China after the Ladakh conflict, where negotiations are going on in Moldova between the two sides, the construction of roads in the border areas in New Delhi was reviewed. Secretary (Border Management), Sanjeev Kumar reviewed the infrastructure along the border along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) for the second time in the last five days. Significantly, in recent times, India is actively expanding development activities in the Ladakh region which reaches Shyok via the Galvan valley. These activities of India have increased the concern of China as India has made the feeder road to Daruk-Surek-Daulat Beeti Oldi (DSDBO) to heighten its defense activities in Galvan valley. A senior bureaucrat told NewsBust, "Our focus is to speed up ongoing projects because we are lagging in the second phase." According to him, in the second phase, the government had planned to complete about 32 strategic roads. He said, "There were problems related to the approval in the meeting, so the meeting focused on removing these obstacles." In this phase, the completion of two important strategic roads in Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Uttarakhand regions. needed.

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High level meeting related to border infrastructure in North Block as well as officials of Border Roads Organization, ITBP and CPWD participated. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also reviewed the progress in the purchase of modern construction equipment. The center has not only succeeded in speeding up the procurement process between 2017-2020, but has also increased airlift of construction equipment and materials since 2017. Due to the consistent policy of the Center, India has completed construction of 4764 km of strategic roads in the last 6 years. As far as the construction of border roads in India is concerned, according to the data of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs in 2008-17, where 230 km per year roads were being cut, it has doubled in the last three years and now 2017-2020 470 km / year.

With this, about 380 km of roads are being built every year. In terms of tunnel construction, while only one tunnel was completed in 2008-14, in the last 6 years 6 more are operational and 19 more are being planned. Connectivity has been further enhanced with the construction of bridges. In the last 6 years, India has succeeded in constructing 14450 meter bridge connecting the remote area along the Indo-China border. The MHA has approved the budget on a large scale to complete ongoing projects. According to MHA figures in 2019-20, the Ministry had sanctioned Rs 8050 crore for border development, while this amount increased to Rs 11800 crore in this financial year. China is also objecting to the development of India's infrastructure along the Line of Actual Control. The Indian government has already made it clear that road construction will continue with LAC and India will not come under Chinese pressure on this issue.

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