Total cost of work as per Detailed Project Reports is Rs 21,040 crores. (File)
The government will construct 44 strategic roads along the border with China and over 2100 km of axial and lateral roads in Punjab and Rajasthan, abutting Pakistan, a CPWD document shows.
According to an annual report (2018-19) prepared, and released earlier this month by the Central Public Works Department, the agency has been asked to construct 44 “strategically important” roads along the India-China border to ensure quick mobilisation of troops in case of a conflict.
The nearly 4000-km-long Line of Actual Control between India and China touches areas from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh
The report comes at a time China is giving a priority to projects along its India borders. In 2017, 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.
The report stated that these 44 strategically road along the India-China border will be constructed at a cost of nearly Rs 21,000 crore.
“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,” the report stated.
“The total cost of work as per DPRs (Detailed…