Border road in Arunachal by this year

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    The Assam Tribune Online
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    TEZPUR, Nov 20 – Six advanced landing grounds (ALGs) will be built immediately by the Air Force at Zero, Vijay Nagar, Mechuka, Pasighat, Tuting and Walong in Arunachal Pradesh for emergency landing of aircraft and helicopter.
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    Defence sources told this correspondent that the Indian Air Force would also develop the air field at Panagar in West Bengal for landing of aircraft like C-130J.
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    According to the sources, there are 61 roads spread across the Himalayan States of Arunachal, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and J&K (Ladakh sector). The development of 417 kilometres of road in Arunachal Pradesh along theIndo-China border has been earmarked. The road along the Indo-China border in Arunachal Pradesh is expected to be completed bythis year.
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    Meanwhile, the Border RoadsOrganisation has taken all possible measures to complete the project within the stipulated period.
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    We heard that there will be four lane road right upto the Tibet border... any update on that...
     
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    4 lane may take another 10 years . Railroads upto tezpur(4core hq) will be ready by next year
     
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    Two lane road only upto tawang and some other areas in arunachal.
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    Four lane road is abt interlinking states assam-meghalya.
     
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    During the 1962 war with China, the Indian Army had found itself handicapped by the absence of a proper motorable road up to these dizzy heights in the Eastern Himalayas. Volumes have been written about how bad whatever was called a road used to be. Hundreds of soldiers made it to the front on foot through the rugged mountains.

    Fifty years later, the road to Tawang, and beyond to the international boundary, is still barely motor-able More than 250 km of the 329-km stretch from Tezpur to Tawang is being redone under a massive double-laning programme; this has only added to a travellers headache. The original target date for completion was December 2012 but December 2014 is now the “final” target.

    “This is probably the worst highway in India. And being of such strategic importance, we wonder why the work has been so slow. Travel time from Tezpur to here, which was about 16 hours till say five years ago, can today take even up to 48 hours,” rued Jimisang Jebisow, president of the All Arunachal Pradesh Motor Transport Federation, an organisation of the owners of over 10,000 commercial vehicles.

    This monsoon, the federation enforced a 24-hour chakka bandh on the highway. People even damaged a few vehicles belonging to the Border Roads Organisation that has been engaged in the double-laning.

    “This road is the lifeline not just of the Army but also of the people of four districts. The tourism sector is also heavily dependent on this road,” said tour operator Tsering Wange, whose Himalayan Holidays brings the highest number of tourists to the state.

    This zigzag road, which also crosses the 13,800-foot Sela Pass, gets between 300 and 400 vehicles on a weekday. This is in addition to three to four Army convoys per day, apart from over 100 trucks, dumpers, bulldozers and road-rollers working on the double-laning.

    “We understand that the people are having a tough time. But we are also working against various odds to complete the double-laning as early as possible,” said Brig Rohit Kapoor, chief engineer of Project Vartak, the BRO wing responsible for roads in western Arunachal Pradesh.

    The BRO is struggling with a shortage of boulders, labour and stone-crushers. “While we require about six lakh cubic metres of boulders per year, we are currently getting only about two lakh cubic metres,” Brig Kapoor said. In the absence of large stone-crushers, a major portion of work is being done manually.

    “Acute shortage of labour is another problem. Earlier we used to get thousands of labourers from Jharkhand, Orissa and other states. But with various ongoing projects there, very few labourers are actually coming to this remote area,” Brig Kapoor said. Arunachal Pradesh being sparsely populated, there is very little availability of local labour.

    Going by the requirement of 6,000 workers for each of the three Task Forces along the road, the BRO’s total requirement of labourers stands at around 18,000. “Currently we are hardly getting about 30 per cent,” Brig Kapoor said.

    The weather often plays havoc, with six to months of rains in the lower reaches and two-three months of snowfall in the upper region, leaving hardly two or three months of actual working time. “Moreover, we cannot stop the traffic flow while carrying out the work. And with the Eastern Himalayas being relatively young and unstable, landslides often block the road for days,” the chief engineer added.

    Another problem arises out of a wildlife sanctuary that the road touches between Bhalukpong and Tenga. Environment clearance for parts of the highway is still pending.

    Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Governor J J Singh have urged the Centre to expedite the road construction work. Tuki, who met the prime minister recently, also pressed for speeding up construction of an alternative road from Tawang to Guwahati through Bhutan.




    With a new leadership likely to take over in China next year, Defence Minister A K Antony has expressed his displeasure over the slow progress of infrastructure in the North East. Mr Antony’s displeasure comes at a time when constructions and refurbishment of critical roads in Arunachal Pradesh and Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) in the North East are running way behind schedule.

    According to the plan, India was to build an additional 277 roads with combined length of about 13,100 kilometres along the China border by this year to ensure better connectivity and faster troop movement. However, according to Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials, in as many as 80 projects work is yet to begin. Only 29 out of the 227 roads are complete and construction in 168 projects is behind schedule. It is now expected that road network is likely to complete by 2015 if there are no further delays or hold-ups.

    Source told NDTV that Mr Antony has also directed the newly appointed Minister of State (MoS) (Defence) Jitendra Singh to deal with issues relating to environmental clearance. Several critical and strategic roads are stuck because of environmental clearances. Mr Singh has also been asked liaise with the state governments to speed up with the projects.

    According to MoD sources out of the 29 roads that were to come up in Arunachal Pradesh by 2012 only eight have come up. Similarly out of 13 roads that were to be built in Uttarakhand, a single road is complete. Likewise in Himachal Pradesh, out of the five roads that were to be built, only one is operational. Delays in land acquisition, lack of support from Indian Air Force to air lift material, unwillingness of contractors to work in difficult areas are some of the common reasons for delay in road construction the MoD was told.

    The up- gradation of the Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) in the North East to all weather air fields to carry in supplies for forward stations and also to be used as launch pads to stage attacks deep inside Chinese territory also isn’t going according to plan. It is understood as against seven ALGs that were to be made operational only two are operational and that to only to a limited extent. Mr Antony, it is understood, has asked the Vice Chief of Air Staff to monitor the up-gradation on a day to day basis. Sources also told NDTV, that the Air Force has been told that it needs to ready the air fields before the schedules that have been given to the MoD.

    China in contrast has metalled roads and highways that connect all its logistic centres and major defence installations along the Sino-Indian border. And, in some sectors these roads are as close as one kilometre to the line of actual control (LAC). Earlier this year the MoD informed the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence that China was in fact increasing the width of all major highways in Tibet to double lanes highways.
     

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