New Delhi: Observing that infrastructure
development by China along the border was posing challenges to
the national security, a Parliamentary panel today slammed the
Defence Ministry for its "casual attitude" in keeping a watch
on such activities.
"It is an acknowledged fact that infrastructure is being
created on the borders by countries particularly China, the
Ministry has not maintained any data of such activities on
borders... this speaks volumes about Ministry`s casual
attitude towards such an important matter," the Standing
Committee on Defence said in its report on border roads.
Stressing on the need for keeping a watch on construction
activities along the country`s borders by its neighbours, the
panel said there is an "urgent need to ensure that Indian
plans are in consonance with impeding security challenges."
The Committee said the problems along the different
portions of the country`s extensive borders have aggravated in
recent times due to cross-border terrorism.
"Besides the infrastructure being created on borders by
our neighbouring countries, particularly China further pose
challenges before the country," the report added.
Commenting on Ministry`s two Long Term perspective Plans
(LTTPI and LTTP II) for augmenting border roads, the Committee
said out of the 277 roads of the length of 13,100 km to be
built till 2012, only 29 are completed and work is in progress
in 168 other roads.
"No work has yet started in respect of 80 roads measuring
2624 Km," it added.
Pointing out that the Defence Ministry has also admitted
that it would not be able to meet the 2012 deadline, the
Committee pulled up the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) for
its "sense of complacency" in completing the work assigned to