India-China border roads deadline now pushed in 2022. Apparently, the Army has asked the Ministry of Defence for faster implementation of the Indo-China Border Roads.
The deadline to complete these roads has now been set for 2022, which the Army says is alarming, sources told BusinessLine.
These were supposed to be completed by 2012.
Reasons for delay
The delay in execution of road projects is due to —
delay in forest, wildlife, environment clearance
hard rock stretches
limited working season
delay in land acquisitions
difficulties in availability of construction material and
damage due to natural disasters such as flash flood
logistic issues due to very high altitude and mountainous,
rugged and difficult terrain, natural calamities,
The government has said it will also be constructing four strategic railway lines along the 4,056-km long border that India shares with China.
“The Army has been asking the government to build infrastructure within 50 km of the Line of Actual Control but it has taken ages to complete this task,” said an official on the condition of anonymity.
The roads will have to cover all sectors of the LAC lies across Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.
Manpower shortage in Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is also another reason. It is entrusted with the task of constructing 61 out of the 73 roads and total cost is expected to be ₹4,536 crore.
The CAG, in its report released in March, had also pointed out to numerous instances of defective construction of the roads that have been completed.
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