Government keeping watch on China's road on Everest

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New Delhi, Mar 13 (UNI) The government today said it is keeping a constant watch on China's bid to build a road on Mount Everest to facilitate the carriage of 2008 Beijing Olympic torch and is monitoring all developments having a bearing on India's national interest.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said that the government have seen media reports stating that China plans to construct a highway on Mount Everest at an estimated cost of 19.7 million dollars.

According to media reports, the Chinese side has said they would be mindful of environmental concerns while doing so, Mr Mukherjee said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

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