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Roads to be constructed along India-China border

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Jun 29: The Government today cleared the construction of a 608-km road network along the India-China border, streching from Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir to Diphu La in Arunachal Pradesh.

The construction, involving a cost of Rs 912 crore, has to be completed within six years, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters after the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) that took the decision.

Initially, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), the executing authority, had indicated that the roads would be completed in seven years but ''the CCS directed it to finish the work in six years,'' Mr Mukherjee said.

He said the BRO had been asked to take the help of other agencies which were competent in road construction.

For more than 50 years, the roads along the Indo-China border had remained under-developed, and the Indo-Tibet Border Police and the Army had stressed the need for preparing roads for easy transportation of troops to various posts on the border.

UNI

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