India in major road-building exercise along China border

Taking the perceived threat from China seriously, India is set to launch a major road-building exercise along the border with the neighbouring country.

By Deepak Nagpal | Updated: Sep 03, 2014, 09:38 AM IST
India in major road-building exercise along China border

New Delhi: Taking the perceived threat from China seriously, India is set to launch a major road-building exercise along the border with the neighbouring country.

As per a report in an English daily, the roads will be constructed along the border with China as well as in areas affected by Maoist insurgency to tackle security threats.

To ensure the projects do not get delayed, the government has also decided to relax environment norms.

It may be recalled that after the Narendra Modi government took over in May this year, it had announced that major infrastructure projects, including road-building, along the border with Pakistan and China would be expedited.

The government has already modified rules to allow such infrastructure projects to go ahead without adhering to strict environment protection norms.

Rules have also been amended to waive off the compensatory afforestation requirement.

The relaxation in norms is set to help in development of some 6,000 kilometres of roads within 100-kilometre of the border with China.

The development holds significance in the wake of China announcing major plans to build rail network and roads along the border with India.