China makes ‘inroads’ - Beijing paves patrol path, India stuck in red tape

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  1. LaBong

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    China makes ‘inroads’ - Beijing paves patrol path, India stuck in red tape

    NISHIT DHOLABHAI

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    New Delhi, Sept. 10: China has built roads well into India’s territory at a time Indian road construction to the Line of Actual Control (LAC), particularly in Arunachal Pradesh, is caught in red tape.

    Beijing has constructed motorable roads running parallel to the LAC and has paved approach roads into Arunachal Pradesh, Indian sources have disclosed, elevating the nature of alleged transgressions from the usual incursions to building infrastructure.

    “What we call Indian territory is different from what their perception of the LAC is. While our patrol forces (Indo-Tibetan Border Police or (ITBP)) have to walk days to reach the LAC, China has roads till what they perceive is the LAC,” a senior home ministry official told The Telegraph.

    By the time India constructs roads reaching the LAC, the character of the actual line would have changed irreversibly, it is feared. China does not recognise the LAC or McMahon Line of 1914.

    The patrols play a seemingly childish but psychologically important role in establishing territorial rights — much like the kings of the wild that mark out their spheres of influence by urinating.

    The patrol parties use stuff less organic than body fluids — troops from both sides are known to leave along the LAC telltale articles identifiable with each other’s country. Favourite with Indian forces are Dalda cans and cigarette packs which Chinese troops painstakingly remove from what Beijing feels is its territory.

    “With approach roads on their (Chinese) side and the absence of them on our side, their patrolling parties have more opportunities to collect the stuff and dump it back on what they perceive as the LAC,” said an official.

    The marking-out ritual was stepped up in July by Chinese troops who apparently sprayed paint to scrawl “China” on boulders in Ladakh — something the Chinese foreign ministry has denied since.

    An Indian China study group made of secretaries from the home, external affairs and defence ministries, besides the heads of the intelligence wings, had also recently recommended that roads be built fast.

    Delhi has maintained a stoic silence, sheepishly conceding but publicly denying the existence of any problem.

    In reality, however, the fault lies in the slow pace in the movement of files in the government.

    Of the 27 roads being constructed to the Chinese border, 11 are in Arunachal Pradesh and they need clearance from the environment and forest ministry. For years, the files kept trudging through the slow corridors.

    Four roads were cleared eventually, the number going up to nine recently. Clearances for the remaining two are still pending.

    The recent clearances for the five roads came after the home ministry approached the empowered group of secretaries on border roads and sought waivers in view of “national security”, sources said.

    According to official sources, work is in progress on 10 border roads meant to cover 196km. Here, 40.08km of formation work and 5.40km of surfacing work has been completed.

    To showcase the recent headway, home minister P. Chidambaram had announced that work on the Phorbrank-Chartse-Point 4433 road had been cleared by the Supreme Court.

    However, Chidambaram conceded on September 1 that although the pace of road construction to the Chinese border had picked up substantially, some distance still needed to be covered. The bulk of the problems of infrastructure lies in Arunachal Pradesh which China claims is its territory.
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  3. Rage

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    Shameful!

    However a glimmer of light? :


    I hope this lesson in eliminating the red tape of our blundering bureaucracy does not prove too fateful.
     
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    Rage DFI TEAM Stars and Ambassadors

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    This seems to be the general state of affairs of our laconic, lackadaisical retroactive and belated government. When will we realize that to keep pace with an autocratic state needs proactiveness and assertion.:


    Govt puts China border road in fast lane


    NEW DELHI, March 1: In a show of urgency prompted by aggressive Chinese military activity along the India-China border, the Government has decided to withdraw the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) from road projects within the country and ordered immediate diversion of these resources to build over 1,100 km roads along the China border.

    It’s learnt that the Defence Ministry has written to the Ministry of Road & Transport informing that it will have to immediately withdraw the BRO from 42 projects to which it was initially committed. As for ongoing projects nearing completion, the BRO has been asked to wrap them up within a year. This includes the 293-km road through the Naxal-dominated corridor between Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

    The decision, sources said, came after detailed meetings of the Cabinet Committee on Security on the situation along the India-China border. The China Study Group comprising secretaries from the ministries of Home, External Affairs and Defence besides the heads of R&AW and the Intelligence Bureau have recommended that roads have to be built at a feverish pace given the headstart China has on border infrastructure

    India plans to build over 1,100 km, largely in Arunachal Pradesh, over the next couple of years. The principal objective, the sources said, was to drastically cut down time for troops to move to forward posts and increase mobility along sensitive portions of the border. In the long-term, the aim is to integrate this with the massive civilian road network envisaged in the North-East.

    Earlier, BRO was to carry out nearly 2,000 km construction in the North-East under the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme. However, concerned over repeated transgressions and recent protests by Bejing on Indian troops in Sikkim and PM’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, the Government has decided that BRO should focus only on border roads in China and not be involved in construction activity within the North-East.

    As a result, BRO will pull out of commitments to construct some 1,200 km within the North-East and shift focus to the India-China border. The Ministry of Road & Transport will now have to find private players or depend on state PWDs to execute these works.

    Along with roads, the Government has decided to revive four IAF bases in Arunachal Pradesh — Vijaynagar, Mechuka, Tuting and Passighat. These along with the border road network are expected to bolster supply lines and ensure greater and more frequent access to far-flung border areas which are under dispute.

    While negotiations continued on a border settlement between both countries, the sources said, India felt alarmed by frequent Chinese claims being made locally along the Line of Actual Control in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. Much of this can be countered if Indian increases the frequency at which it patrols these areas and in that context, road connectivity to border outposts is vital.


    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/govt-puts-china-border-road-in-fast-lane/279094/1
     
  5. ant80

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    I am confused. 1100 km of roads of even 2000 km or roads seems to be a bit low considering the road density across the border in china. Could someone elaborate?
     

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