Over the five years, India has spent ₹15,000 crore building roads near the China-India border

Over the five years, India has spent ₹15,000 crore building roads near the China-India border

India has invested ₹20,767 crore building 3,595 km of roads to give access to its borders with China, Pakistan, Myanmar, and Bangladesh in all weather conditions.

The central government reported to the Rajya Sabha on Monday that India has built all-weather roads totaling 2,088 km along with improved connectivity to areas near the India-China border over the last five years, reflecting New Delhi's focus on infrastructure development in forward areas. This comes amid tensions between the two nations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), particularly since 2020.

In a written response to a question in the upper house of Parliament, minister of state for defence Ajay Bhatt stated that the government had spent ₹15,477 crore on road construction close to the India-China border during the specified time period.

According to Bhatt, India has invested ₹20,767 crore in the construction of 3,595 km of roads to provide all-weather access to its borders with China, Pakistan, Myanmar, and Bangladesh. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) was in charge of these projects, which include 1,336 km of roads near the India-Pakistan border that cost ₹4,242 crore.

The protracted impasse along the LAC in the Ladakh sector caused India to expedite infrastructure projects, including roads, bridges, and tunnels, whereas the country had been concentrating on enhancing connectivity to regions close to the India-China border.

Even as China expands infrastructure along its side of the LAC, the BRO plans to finish all 61 of the vital roads assigned to it along the China border by December 2022 to enable quicker mobilisation of troops and supplies to advanced areas, according to authorities.

Since May 2020, India and China have been engaged in a bloody standoff in eastern Ladakh. Even while the two sides have only partially succeeded in removing enemy soldiers from some flashpoints, a complete resolution is still not in sight.

In a joint statement released on July 17 following the 16th round of military negotiations, New Delhi and Beijing had stated that they would continue to be in close contact and maintain communication through military and diplomatic channels in order to find a mutually acceptable solution to the outstanding issues along the LAC as soon as possible.

Continuing issues at Patrol Point-15 at Kongka La, Depsang Bulge in the Daulet Beg Oldi sector, and Charding Nullah Junction (CNJ) in the Demchok sector were the backdrop for the most recent round of negotiations.

Although troops have left the Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso, and Gogra-Hot Springs regions, the two sides continue to keep about 60,000 soldiers each and cutting-edge weapons stationed in the Ladakh theatre.

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