Rajnath reviews construction activities in border areas

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Defence Minister Rajanth Singh on Tuesday directed the Border Roads Organsiation (BRO) that work on the strategic Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldi (DSDBO) road in Eastern Ladakh be fully completed by October this year. This was conveyed at a meeting to review the progress of construction activities in border areas with BRO Director General Lt General Harpal Singh.

“On the 255 km Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldi (DSDBO) road, the ongoing construction is almost done. About 45 km of black topping work is pending. Rajnath directed that this has to be completed by October 2020,” they said.

Stating that an alternate route is also being made here, they added there is full focus on connectivity terming it a top priority. China has been objecting to Indian road and infrastructure development at several points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). A road branching from the DSDBO road towards the Galwan Nalah is believed to be one of the reasons for Chinese objections here.

In May as the standoff was underway, the BRO stepped up efforts to fully resume construction work on all border roads which was delayed due to COVID pandemic. It is also building the 61 strategic Indo-China Border Roads (ICBRs) measuring 3323.57 Km in length under the direction of the China Study Group (CSG). With COVID restrictions easing and also obtaining special permission, construction labour were moved in large numbers to forward locations by special trains.

In March this year, the Parliamentary standing committee on defence was informed that the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has completed 75% of the construction work on the 61 Indo-China Border Roads (ICBRs) of length 3323.57 km. Of these 12 roads measuring about 1,064 km are in the Union Territories of ‘Jammu and Kashmir’ and Ladakh while three roads measuring about 62 km are in Sikkim.

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