`Work on 73 roads along Indo-China border to be over by 2013`
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Last Updated: Monday, March 08, 2010, 20:48
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 Sabha query.

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."


First Published: Monday, March 08, 2010, 20:48

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