NEW DELHI, Dec 17 � Alarmed by the massive upgrade of infrastructure across the international border in China, India has identified 30 roads of totalling 1837.95 km near North-Eastern border for construction. The project is targeted for completion by 2016.
Defence Minister AK Anthony told Lok Sabha that at least 10 roads of length 390.87 km have been completed. Out of the rest, which were to be completed by 2012, 10 roads have been rescheduled for completion in 2013 and another 10 in 2016.
The Defence Minister was replying to queries by Dr Murli Manohar Joshi and Anant Kumar Hegde in Lok Sabha.
Anthony said as India is fast-tracking forest and wildlife clearance projects, equipment bank was sanctioned for Rs 100 crore in 2010-11 for creating exclusive reserve of equipment for strategic roads. Further, enhanced allotment of funds for procurement of vehicle, equipment and plants, enhanced air efforts availability and more units (project and task forces) have been inducted to focus on strategic road construction, Anthony said, listing out the measures taken to fast track the road projects.
China has gone on a massive construction spree across the international Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) which has defence implications for India.