Indian Army oppose road work hitting its hurdle at China border
Itanagar: The Indian army has come out against a ‘highway-road project’ proposed by the Home Ministry at the McMahon Line in Arunachal Pradesh.
“The Army of India will never support the construction of any road close to the disputed border with China,” a senior Home Ministry official said.
According to sources, the estimated cost of the project is anywhere between Rs 35,000 and 40,000 crore. The Home Ministry is now planning to hire an international contractor to complete the project.
- The Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways was initially approached for the project but it refused to work on it.
- The ministry had said that the project was not financially viable.
- “The alignment of the roads proposed in the project could hamper the border security,” said the Director-General of Military Operations (DGMO) at a meeting last week.
- Kiren Rijiju, the Minister of State for Home, said he would soon chair a meeting with stakeholders to resolve the issue.