The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) 2018-19 annual report proposes the ramping-up of border infrastructure and as many as 44 “strategically important roads” will be constructed at the India-China for quicker and smooth transportation of troops. After buying off emergent updated sniper rifles and new upgraded bulletproof standards, the announcement of a major upgrade at the international borders makes clear of the government’s priority to rapidly boost up the Indian infantry.
The Union Cabinet headed by PM Narendra Modi has cleared the budget for “construction of 44 strategically important roads along the India-China border” at an approximate sanctioned amount of Rs 21,040 crore. The roads are aimed to provide a smoother commutation medium for Indian Army troop mobilization at the Indo-Chinese borders spanning across 5 states of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. The construction work is expected to be split between BRO and CPWD that are currently engaged in the construction of 73 strategic roads measuring 4,643 km along the India-China border.
As a part of its Act East policy, developing border infrastructure in the Northeast has been among the government’s top priorities. Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel in forwarding areas of Arunachal Pradesh are likely to be facilitated with a project of 22 feet foot tracks-750 km long, with an approximate sanction of Rs 1,275 crore. The two sanctions of Rs 5,450 crore and Rs 2,500 crore will eye construction of axial and lateral roads measuring around 2,200 km along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab and Rajasthan and permanent, thermal insulation and renewable energy technology stuffed, integrated buildings at 96 ITBP border outposts respectively. Lieutenant General SL Narasimhan (retd), currently a National Security Advisory Board member has welcomed all efforts to improve border infrastructures for both military and civilian uses.