Army to ramp up road construction along India-China border
The Indian Army has announced a series of measures to improve the road connectivity along India-China border which can greatly bolster India's strategic position in the region.
"Decided that there would be a concerted heft towards road construction activities in the central sector of the borders with China," news agency ANI quoted the Indian Army.
The condition of roads in the North East region, especially around the narrow chicken's neck stretch, is of vital strategic importance to India. In order to be able to transport heavy artillery, tanks and other military equipment near the border, the roads must be in good condition.
Niti, Lipulekh, Thangla 1 & Tsangchokla passes along Indo-China border decided to be connected by road on priority by 2020: Indian Army— ANI (@ANI) October 13, 2017
Additional funds would also be allocated to the Border Roads Organisation for development of roads and infrastructure, said reports.
"To modernise military stations at par with smart city plan, 15% additional funds will be allotted for 5 years to revamp external services," an Army statement said.
In August, a 73-day Dokalam standoff which began on June 16 over PLA's plans to build a road in area claimed by Bhutan, ended following mutual agreement between India and China.