Army to develop road construction at India-China border

On Friday the Indian Army informed that there would be a concerted heft towards road construction activities in the central sector of the borders with China.

Close to the areas of the Doklam stand-off, organizational alterations are likely in some of the key Army arrangements alongside ventures to back infrastructure along the nearly 4,000 km-long India-China border including around the areas of dispute.

The decisions were taken at the Army commanders’ conference which extensively deliberated on the Doklam face off with China besides analysing all possible security challenges on the northern border, official sources said.

“Capacity enhancement along the India-China border was a major focus area and the conclave decided to boost infrastructure along the entire stretch with China including around areas of dispute,” according to official sources

The Army, in a statement, said, “Indian Army has decided that there would be a concerted heft towards road construction activities in central sector of the borders with China. Niti, Lipulekh, Thangla 1 and Tsangchokla passes along Indo-China border decided to be connected by road on priority by 2020”.

The statement also added, “It has also been decided to allot additional funds to Border Roads Organisation (BRO) for Northern Command for development of roads and infrastructure. To modernise military stations at par with smart city plan, 15 percent additional funds will be allotted for five years to revamp external services.”

Earlier in the month, People’s Liberation Army had started constructing a road about 10 to 12 km from the site, where the two armies were locked in a face-off.

On August 28, both the countries had agreed to pull back troops to end the months-long Doklam face-off. Troops of the two countries have been locked in a standoff in Doklam since June 16, after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area.