September 3, 2014 | By Parmjeet Singh
New Delhi, India (September 03, 2014): In an apparent attempt to build it’s stronghold near China border, India seems all set to launch a major and strategic road-building exercise along the border with the neighboring country.
As per a news reported in an English vernacular, the roads will be constructed along the border with China as well as in areas affected by Maoist insurgency to tackle security threats.
The development holds significance in the wake of China announcing major plans to build rail network and roads along the border with India. Both countries have differences on border demarcation.
The government of India has also decided to do away certain environment norms to ensure fast progress on this project.
It may be recalled that after the Narendra Modi government took over in May this year, it had announced that major infrastructure projects, including road-building, along the border with Pakistan and China would be expedited.
The government has already modified rules to allow such infrastructure projects to go ahead without adhering to strict environment protection norms.
Rules have also been amended to waive off the compensatory afforestation requirement.
The relaxation in norms is set to help in development of some 6,000 kilometres of roads within 100-kilometre of the border with China.
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