NEW DELHI: The Border Roads Organization (BRO) in the last five years has constructed 3,595-km of roads, primarily along the Line of Actual Control with China, to facilitate all-weather access to forward areas, the defence ministry said on Monday.
The roads have been constructed at an overall cost of Rs 20,767 crore, junior defence minister Ajay Bhatt said in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.
The length of the roads constructed along the China border is 2,089-km at a cost of Rs 15,477 crore. The others are with Pakistan (1,336-km for Rs 4,242 crore), Myanmar (151-km for Rs 883 crore) and Bangladesh (19-km for Rs 165 crore).
China, of course, has over the years systematically built military infrastructure in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), which includes an extensive rail network and over 60,000-km of roads.
China now plans to also build a new highway called the G-695 national expressway, which will run through the disputed territory of Aksai Chin and connect the Xinjiang province with TAR. It will provide the People’s Liberation Army with yet another route to swiftly move troops and heavy weapons to border areas with India.
China has also used the continuing over two-year long military confrontation in eastern Ladakh to build and consolidate its military positions and border infrastructure all along the 3,488-km LAC as well as upgrade its air bases facing India. This includes construction of a second bridge across the Pangong Tso in the Khurnak Fort area, illegally occupied by China since 1958, for better connectivity of its troops between the north and south banks of the brackish lake, as was earlier reported by TOI.