44 Strategic Road Construction Projects Along The India-China Border

According to an annual report released earlier this month by the Central Public Works Department, The government of India will build up 44 strategic roads along the border with China and over 2,100 km of axial and lateral roads in Punjab and Rajasthan, joining Pakistan, to ensure quick mobilisation of troops in case of a conflict between the two countries.

It also stated that the CPWD has been entrusted with construction of 44 strategically important roads along the Indo-China Border spanning 5 states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. And these 44 strategically roads along the India-China border will be constructed at a cost of nearly Rs. 21,000 crore.

The report comes at a time where China is giving a priority to projects along its India borders. Last year, Indian and Chinese troops engaged in a face-off at the Doklam tri-junction after the neighbouring country had begun building road in the area. The standoff ended on August 28 following a mutual agreement under which China stopped the construction of the road and India withdrew its troops.