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`Ladakh road project halted due to absence of approval`

The government on Thursday said the construction of a road in Ladakh region under NREGA was halted because it did not have the Centre`s approval.



New Delhi: The government on Thursday said the
construction of a road in Ladakh region under NREGA was halted
because it did not have the Centre`s approval.

"Such construction in the proximity of the
International Boundary (IB) or in the proximity of the Line of
Actual Control (LAC) cannot be undertaken without approvals
from the Central government.

"In the absence of such approvals, work on the NREGA
road in Ladakh was halted," External Affairs Minister S M
Krishna told the Rajya Sabha in reply to a written question.

Krishna also said the government was aware that China
was developing the infrastructure in the border regions in
Tibet and Xinjiang Autonomous Regions.

This includes the Qinghai-Tibet Railway line, with
proposed extension up to Xigaze and Nyingchi, and development
of road and airport facilities, he said.

"The government keeps a constant watch on all
developments having a bearing on India`s security and takes
all necessary measures to safeguard it," Krishna said.

He said government was also giving careful and special
attention to the development of infrastructure in the border
areas opposite China, in order to meet our strategic and
security requirements and also to facilitate the economic
development of these areas. This includes Jammu and Kashmir,
Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

PTI

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