Provide aid for developing border areas: Dhumal

Last Updated: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 17:22

New Delhi: Citing "violations" of Indian air
space by China, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar
Dhumal on Friday asked the Centre to provide it assistance for
putting in place adequate infrastructure in border areas.

"Our state touches the China border. China is doing air
(space) violations," Dhumal told reporters here while seeking
more Central assistance for development of Himachal`s border
areas along China.

"There is a need to develop road in the border areas. I
visited some border areas in my state and witnessed that China
has developed fantastic roads in its border areas. We need to
emulate them. The state cannot do it from its own resources.

The Centre should provide assistance for this," he added.
Dhumal also called for setting up of an international
airport and laying of more rail lines in the state.

When asked whether the state has sent any proposal in
this regard, he said, "We have sent many proposals
particularly for an international airport in the state, it
will be good if those are accepted."

Expressing concerns over the poor infrastructure
facilities in the state, he said, "There is no good
international airport in the state. Only 44 km rail line has
been added to the network in the state in the past 65 years
after Independence."

"We need more fund allocation from the Centre for the
roads, which are lifelines," Dhumal added.

Dhumal was here to discuss the state`s annual Plan for
the 2012-13 with Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek
Singh Ahluwalia at Yojana Bhawan.

The Commission approved an outlay of Rs 3,700 crore for
the state for next fiscal, which is 12.12 per cent higher than
2011-12.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 17:22

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