India must be fully prepared to defend its borders: Khandu
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 11:31
  
Itanagar: India must be fully prepared to defend its borders in the Northeastern region while striving for improved bilateral ties with China in trade and other fields, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu on Tuesday said.

"Border issues are dealt with by the central government. As Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, I would like the central government to be in all preparedness on the borders, while striving for improving bilateral trade and relations to the benefit of both," Khandu told reporters in an interview here.

"We should always rely on our strength and take all steps to defend our borders without depending on anybody, no matter how good the relations in other fronts are," he said in reply to a question.

"I can only say that another war between the two Asian giants will affect the economies of both. Instead, both should cooperate to sustain their fast growing economies."

Khandu was asked if he felt that India and China leading a joint block with Brazil and South Africa against the developed countries at the recent Copenhagen meet on climate change has brought both the two a step closer to an early solution to the border dispute, especially in Arunachal Pradesh.

China claims Arunachal as its territory which India has rejected.

Khandu said land for eight Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) lying unused for long has been handed over to the Defence ministry for free under an MoU signed last year with the stipulation that they will be used both by military and civil aircraft.

The state government has also sent a proposal for construction of another ALG in the Buddhist town of Tawang, which attracts 9000 tourists every year besides being an important border town from the defence point of view.

The process for allotment of land for accommodation of the proposed deployment of two more divisions of Army were also on.

Khandu, who returned to power with a two thirds majority in the October Assembly elections, said he intends to retire from politics after his present term expires.

He plans to complete some major projects which will help the backward state become prosperous by exploiting its huge natural resources.

On the cards are the ambitious 1800 km Trans Arunachal highway and other highways interlinking district headquarters and a four lane link between the state capital with the rest of the country.

Khandu said land for eight Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) lying unused for long has been handed over to the Defence ministry for free under an MoU signed last year with the stipulation that they will be used both by military and civil aircraft.

The state government has also sent a proposal for construction of another ALG in the Buddhist town of Tawang, which attracts 9000 tourists every year besides being an important border town from the defence point of view.

The process for allotment of land for accommodation of the proposed deployment of two more divisions of Army were also on.

Khandu, who returned to power with a two thirds majority in the October Assembly elections, said he intends to retire from politics after his present term expires.

He plans to complete some major projects which will help the backward state become prosperous by exploiting its huge natural resources.

On the cards are the ambitious 1800 km Trans Arunachal highway and other highways interlinking district headquarters and a four lane link between the state capital with the rest of the country.

Khandu said the state, considered to be the future power house of the nation with a potential to generate 60,000 MW of hydropower, has already allotted over 40,000 MW capacity to CPSUs and private players.

He said the 2000 MW NHPC unit under construction at Gerukhamuk will start generation in two years.

The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for several other mega hydro projects including 3,000 MW NHPC unit in Lower Dibang Valley another of similar capacity at Gamwe in Lohit to be constructed by Athena group and the 1500 MW Tawang project were complete.

DPR for 2700 MW unit being constructed by a private developer at Pasighat has been almost finalised.

Besides scores of small units were coming up which will go onstream in a year or two bringing huge revenue to the state.

Khandu said cases of corruption has been reduced substantially in the last two years through third party monitoring and bringing transparency in the system by putting the status of implementation of projects on websites with photographs.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 11:31


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