New Delhi: Government on Monday said work on the
73 roads being developed and upgraded along the Chinese border
is planned to be completed by 2013 and out of 93 cases,
clearances for 48 of them have been obtained from the
Environment Ministry for building them.
"Upgradation and development of 73 Indo-China roads is
under progress... All these roads are targeted for completion
by 2013," Defence Minister A K Antony said in reply to a Lok
He added out of the 73 under-construction roads, 61 were
being built by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).
In reply to another query, the Minister said, "out of the
61 roads being built by the BRO, 43 will be completed on
schedule by 2012. Another nine would be completed by 2013 and
the remaining nine are likely to be completed by 2018."
He added that adverse climatic conditions, hard rocks,
delay in obtaining forest and wild life department clearances,
unavailability of air effort and shortage of manpower were the
main reasons for delay in building the roads.
On the forest clearance cases, the Minister said, "there
are total 93 such cases on 61 roads with BRO (out of 73
roads), government has obtained clearance for 48 cases and in
addition, Environment Ministry has accorded in-principle
clearance for 21 cases."