`China has 58,000 kms of road network in TAR`

China has built five airfields, a network of rail lines and more than 58,000 km of roads in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), Lok Sabha was informed on Monday.

Last Updated: Mar 07, 2011, 17:24 PM IST

New Delhi: China has built five airfields,
a network of rail lines and more than 58,000 km of roads in
the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), Lok Sabha was informed on Monday.

In written answers, Defence Minister AK Antony said
due to differences in perception of the Line of Actual Control
(LAC), "situations have arisen on the ground that could have
been avoided if we had a common perception of the LAC (with
China)".

"The total road network in TAR is assessed to be
58,000 kms in the year 2010. Extension of Qinghai Tibet
Railway to Xigaze is in progress. Another railway line from
Kashgar to Hotan in Xinjinag Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR)
is also under construction.

"Five airfields in TAR have become operational and
include Gongar, Linchi, Pangta, Hoping and Gar Gunsa," he
said.

On the specific cases of infrastructure development by
Chinese near the LAC, Antony said, "these are taken up with
their authorities through the established mechanism of Hot
lines, flag meetings and Border Personnel Meetings (BPMs)."

He said necessary steps have been initiated for
ensuring that national security concerns are adequately
addressed through development of infrastructure, including
rail, roads and forward airfields as well as operational
capabilities.

India has taken several steps including raising two
Mountain Divisions of the Army in the northeast, deployment of
four squadrons of its frontline Su-30 MKI fighters and is also
considering deployment of Ultra Light Howitzers (ULHs) and
light tanks in the territories along the LAC.

Several new and old air fields have been activated and
new roads constructed to enable a quicker movement of troops
and equipment in the region.

Antony said India`s infrastructure development, force
modernisation and restructuring is in consonance with its
threat perception to secure borders and protect national
interests.

PTI