New Delhi Correspondent
India will construct 44 strategically key roads along the border with China to ensure fast mobilization of troops in the event of a conflict and over 2100 km of axial and lateral roads in Punjab and Rajasthan, abutting Pakistan.
According to an annual report (2018-19) prepared by India’s Central Public Works Department (CPWD), the agency has been asked to construct 44 “strategically important” roads along the India-China border.
India’s nearly 4000-km-long Line of Actual Control with China, much of it along the unresolved boundary between them, touches areas from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh states. India’s move comes at a time when China is giving priority to projects along its border with India.
The CPWD 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 five states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh,” the report stated
It said the process of approval of Detail Project Reports by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is underway
The CPWD report also stated that lateral and axial roads measuring over 2,100 kilometers will be built with a cost of around Rs 5,400 crore in Rajasthan and Punjab states along the border with Pakistan. 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 includes 740 km of Line of Control), Rajasthan (1,037 km), Punjab (553 km) and Gujarat (508 km).