The Narendra Modi govt has announced plans to develop four important border highways in Arunachal Pradesh with a combined length of roughly 300 km. This was done in response to China’s intentions towards the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and the ongoing tensions since 2020. The government also requested Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) on these projects.
In this regard, a news source namely News18, has gained access to papers outlining the Border Roads Organisation’s (BRO) intentions to construct these four roads in key locations where none now exist. By doing this, military personnel and supplies may reach the LAC, the advance ITBP, and Army forces in border regions more quickly.
A new 72 km-long road from Tuting to Muirbe and then on to Bame, close to the LAC, is being developed, according to information provided by a news source. From Tapa to Hush and then on to Dille, a 58 km-long road, a 107 km-long road, and a 52 km-long road from Kibithu to Kundao are all planned for the border regions of Arunachal. All four of these highways have requested feasibility assessments from BRO.
Leading government officials claimed to a news outlet that these roads were vital projects in several districts of Arunachal Pradesh and would have an influence on both the socio-economic situation and national security. The border area will move quickly, and the roads will link locations that have been disconnected for a very long time. Once they are connected to the Arunachal Frontier route, the roads may help promote tourism, according to a source. Currently, there are no roads linking the aforementioned sections. Any route that runs parallel to the LAC would not only put our enemies on the defensive because Arunachal will react quickly, according to a news source.
These initiatives will significantly speed up travel times and enable soldiers stationed in the area to reach the border area. A foot route from Kibithu to Kundao was established approximately three years ago, but it used to take time to go, according to an ITBP officer. The area also lacks a road. There is no suitable road to go along the same path in Kibithu, which is quite near to the Chinese border. No big trucks are allowed to travel in the nearby regions as well.
The route will also cut travel time from the Tuting-Muirbe-Bame route region, which is now difficult and impassable at night, by 60–70%. Tuting is not far from the Chinese border, and this route will link it to the continent. Additionally, the soldiers from Hayulang-Glothang La Du Dakhru-Kundao will save at least one hour.
Regarding Arunachal Pradesh, China has been continually inciting India and recently protested to India hosting a G20 conference in Itanagar. Arunachal Pradesh state was included on a distorted map of China’s boundaries that was released last month. India had vehemently denounced China’s conduct on all points and reaffirmed the fact that Arunachal Pradesh was still a crucial component of India. The Ministry of External Affairs in a statement then said such moves only “complicate the resolution of the boundary question” and termed China’s moves as baseless and absurd.
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