India has completed the construction of a bridge that China has objected to. It lies near the Galwan Valley
Bengaluru: In a strong exhibition of India’s resolve to continue with its infrastructural projects at the India China border, India has completed the construction of the bridge that China has objected to.
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The bridge, which measures 60m is in Patrolling point 14, the very place where Indian soldiers were attacked. Reports add that the construction was completed on Thursday.
ANI had reported that the Army is looking to complete the work on the 255 Km-long strategic Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie (DSDBO) road including eight bridges and its blacktopping at some of the stretches by the end of this year. The use of the strategic road by the Indian security forces from Leh has helped in reducing the travel time between Leh and DBO to six hours. Earlier, the travel time between the two locations was significantly higher.
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"We are planning that the work on the entire stretch should be complete by the end of this year which includes eight bridges of different sizes and blacktopping of the road at some of the stretches," government sources said, as quoted by ANI.
Meanwhile, as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets members of different political parties over the issue of deliberation on the next step to be taken over the Galwan Valley clash, sources add that many in the Army want a limited military option to be exercise in order to teach China a lesson.
The options can be as simple as evicting Chinese soldiers who are in India’s territory to protecting higher terrains and a possible 1999 Kargil redux with thorough deliberations politically, economically and militarily.
Some in the defence sector also confess that China is a giant militarily compared to India, but they add it should not deter India from emphasising that India is not a mere pushover.
"Nobody is talking of a full-blown war or conflict but China needs to be unequivocally told that India is not a pushover, militarily or otherwise. It cannot keep on unilaterally changing the status quo in the border areas and nibbling away at our territory," a source as quoted by Economic Times said.
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Last Updated Jun 19, 2020, 4:42 PM IST