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'Despite Standoff With China, India Ramping up Infrastructure Along LAC'

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India is not only going ahead with the construction along the Indo-China border but also looking to ramp up its infrastructure at the Line of actual control.

New Delhi: The standoff with China along the Sikkim border is not deterring India from moving ahead with its infrastructure and road construction projects in the area.

Seventy-three road construction projects are underway along the Indo-China border, including stretches in Sikkim. Thirty of these roads have been completed, MoS Home Kiren Rijiju informed the Lok Sabha.

India is not only going ahead with the construction along the Indo-China border but also looking to ramp up its infrastructure at the Line of actual control.

"Ministry of environment, forest and climate change has accorded general approval under section (2) of Forest Conservation Act 1980 for diversion of forest land for construction and widening of border roads falling within 100 km aerial distance from Line of Actual Control," Rijiju said.

On May 20, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had reviewed the progress of Indo-China border infrastructure projects with state chief ministers and other stake holders in Gangtok. Since then, the pace to identify land for road construction has increased.

"Sikkim, Arunachal, Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir have set up empowered committees to sort out issues related to land acquisition, forest/wildlife clearance, allotment of queries etc," Rijiju said.

Union home ministry is also reviewing the infrastructural development on a real time-basis and set up a steering committee under Secretary (Border Management). The committee will review and monitor the progress of construction of these roads.

Meanwhile, China on Monday warned India against "illegally trespassing" into Chinese territory, and asked it to withdraw its troops.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said that India should not take the "illegal trespass as a policy" to realise its political target.