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Ramping Up Border Infrastructure

Ramping Up Border Infrastructure:

According to India’s External Affairs Minister, the government’s recent border infrastructure projects focus on the north and east along India’s 3,488 km border with China (or LAC).

  • Reports claim that Indian forces have lost access to 26 of 65 patrolling points along the LAC since 2020.
  • The timing is crucial because of the upcoming meetings of the G-20 Foreign Ministers and the Foreign Ministers of the SCO
  • Ramping up infrastructure in Ladakh, HP, UK, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Many of these projects which have been in the pipeline for several decades have been expedited.
  • For example, the length of roads constructed in the China border areas (6,806 km between 2014 to 2022) is almost double the length constructed from 2008-2014.
  • Projects connecting India to “friendly” neighbouring states such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar.
  • Improving cross-border connectivity via highways, bridges, inland waterways, railroads, electricity lines and fuel pipelines.
  • Modernising and constructing integrated check posts (ICPs) at all the border crossings to smooth trade.
  • Funding and constructing infrastructure projects. For example,
    • The Mahakali motorable bridge and the Maitri Setu between Tripura and Bangladesh,
    • The Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project (KMTTP),
    • The Sittwe port project and the road to Mizoram, etc.