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India Plans Highway along China Border in Arunachal
Oct 18, 2014

To counter China, India is all set to embark on an ambitious road project along the McMahon Line in Arunachal Pradesh. The proposed Indo-China frontier highway, that will be monitored by the Home Ministry will run parallel along the China border and will be 1,800 km long. The government is also planning an industrial corridor in the state.

Home ministry has set the ball rolling and has asked the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) to prepare a detailed project report and has been asked to submit it at the earliest. It will also include the cost and other financial implications of the project.

The proposed highway will pass through Tawang, East Kameng, Upper Subansiri, West Siang, Upper Siang, Dibang Valley, Desali, Chaglagam, Kibito, Dong, Hawai and Vijaynagar in bordering areas of Arunachal Pradesh. 

The Government has already relaxed environmental clearances for border area projects.

The construction of the road will be a huge challenge considering the rough and hostile terrain, mostly snow-fed, through which it would pass, and will be the biggest single infrastructure project in the history of India with an estimated cost of over Rs 40,000 crore. 

A similar project—the Trans-Arunachal highway, announced by the UPA government in 2008 to connect the middle of the state—is moving at a snail’s pace with only 230 km of 2,400 km project completed so far. 

The aim of this proposed highway is to construct a seamless travel from one part of the state to another. As the terrain is not smooth along the border areas, the highway will intersect with tunnels so that the link is not broken anywhere. Once the frontier highway takes off, the industrial corridor will also be constructed in southern Arunachal. All the three projects will then be interconnected.  

China Alarmed: China expressed concern at India's plans to build 1800 km long road along the border, and asked not to complicate the situation further. China said, before final settlement is reached we hope that India will not take any action that may further complicate the situation. It said, we should jointly safeguard the peace and tranquillity of the border area and create favourable conditions for the final settlement of the border issue. We still need to verify the specifics. The boundary issue between China and India is left by colonial past. We need to deal with this issue properly. There is a dispute about the east part of the China-India border.

China was working on the premise that India may never create a physical challenge in the form of a road along the McMahon Line. China has repeatedly rejected the McMahon Line saying it cannot be the basis of boundary negotiations with India. India's move can upset Chinese plans to deal with the border issue.

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