To counter its neighbor China and to have an easier access to India-China border for patrolling, India has planned to set up a road project along the McMahon Line in Arunachal Pradesh. This Indo-China frontier highway is going to be 1,800 km long and will be directly monitored by the Home Ministry. The road is going to run parallel to the China border.
The ministry has started its work towards the making of the road and has asked the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) to prepare a detailed project report. “The MoRTH has been asked to submit it at the earliest. It will also include the cost and other financial implications of the project,” said a senior MHA official. According to Indian Express, 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,” said the parliamentary constituency of MoS (Home Affairs) Kiren Rijiju in Itanagar.
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