In a bold statement, the Chief of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the construction and maintenance of vital road networks in India’s border regions, has confidently asserted that India will soon outshine China in the development of border infrastructure. Lieutenant General Rajeev Chaudhry made these remarks while discussing the ongoing infrastructure projects in the strategically critical regions of Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. This declaration comes just days before Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to inaugurate a remarkable 90 infrastructure projects, collectively valued at Rs 2,941 crore, spread across 10 border states and Union Territories.
“Ninety projects are set to be dedicated to the nation on September 12, with a significant focus on Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. Out of these, 26 projects are earmarked for Ladakh, and 36 for Arunachal Pradesh. We are committed to pushing ahead swiftly in these two states, with the aim of surpassing China’s progress within the next two to three years,” remarked Lieutenant General Chaudhry, who currently holds the position of Director General at the BRO, during an interview with news agency ANI.
The infrastructure projects slated for inauguration by Defence Minister Singh encompass an impressive array of developments, including the construction of 22 roads, 63 bridges, a tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh, and two strategically significant airfields.
“This represents a significant milestone for the nation, as numerous projects along our border areas are bolstering the security apparatus of our armed forces. These enhancements allow for the forward deployment of troops, ensuring readiness for any critical scenarios that may arise,” expressed the senior Army officer.
In a notable addition to the infrastructure portfolio, Defence Minister Singh will also virtually lay the foundation stone (e-shilanyas) for an airfield in Nyoma, situated in eastern Ladakh. The development of this airfield, perched at an altitude of 13,400 feet, holds a price tag of Rs 218 crore. Nyoma’s strategic location, located approximately 46 kilometers from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China, underscores its critical importance in enhancing India’s border infrastructure.