Govt keeping eye on Chinese works in border areas

Government said that special attention is being paid to Chinese infrastructure development in border regions and necessary steps have been taken.

New Delhi: Government on Wednesday said that
special attention is being paid to Chinese infrastructure
development in border regions and necessary steps have been
taken to address national security concerns through
development of rail, roads and air fields in such areas.

"Government is aware that China is developing
infrastructure in border regions opposite India in Tibet and
Xinjinag Autonomous Region. This includes Qinghai-Tibet
railway line with proposed extension upto Xigaze and Nyingchi
and development of road and airport facilities," Defence
Minister A K Antony told the Rajya Sabha.

He was replying to a question on Chinese construction
works along the borders and the steps taken by government to
meet security challenges there.

In his written reply, Antony said, "Government is giving
careful and special attention to development of infrastructure
in border areas opposite China in order to meet our strategic
and security requirements and to facilitate economic
development of these areas."

Maintaining that all developments having a bearing on
India`s security are under constant watch, Antony said
attention is paid for developing infrastructure in the states
sharing a border with China.

"This includes the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal
Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh," he said,
adding, "Security concerns are adequately addressed through
development of rail, roads and forward air fields as well as
the operational capabilities of the armed forces."

Replying to a query on installation of mountain radars
along the LAC, he said, "Indian Air Force (IAF) is equipped
with various radars including High Power Radars and Low Level
Transportable Radars for providing surveillance in the
mountainous regions." Antony said decisions regarding deployment of radars,
including mountain radars, are based on various factors like
operational requirement of IAF and security needs of the
country.

Though no infiltration has taken place across the LAC in
Arunachal Pradesh, "there have been instances of a few Tibetan
herb collectors inadvertently crossing over into Indian
territory in the last two years," he said.

These Tibetan intruders were apprehended and subsequently
deported on completion of formalities as per the existing
procedure, he said.

On ways to check infiltration, Antony said, effective
border management is carried out through surveillance and
regular patrolling by Army and border guarding forces.

Replying to a question on encroachment of border areas,
the Defence Minister denied any such report and said,
"However, there is no commonly delineated Line of Actual
Control (LAC) between India and China."

There are few areas where India and China have different
perception of the LAC. Due to perceived differences in
alignment of the LAC, some cases of transgression by the
Chinese patrol beyond Indian perception of LAC do occur, he
said.

PTI

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