Bengaluru: With a view to expediting road construction works on India-China border, the ministry of home affairs has allocated ₹12,434.90 crore, reports Economic Times. 

Under phase-2, 32 roads are being constructed. The proposal, an official said, was stepped up in the wake of the standoff with China in eastern Ladakh. Phase-2 and Phase-3 construction was held up due to delay in security and environment clearances and land acquisition issues, the official added.

It is the Border Roads Organisation, Central Public Works Department and Indo-Tibetan Border Police that are engaged in the construction work. The roads connecting border outposts will come up in Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the website noted.

The Indian Army and China’s People Liberation Army are locked in a tense border standoff over the past six months. 

The fillip to border infrastructure is to get ready to face the prospect of a two-front war. 

A note on Galwan clashes:

It all began when Indian soldiers dismantled a Chinese tent at Patrol Point 14, which is close to the mouth of the Galwan river. The tent had been dismantled following a meeting between Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, who commands the Leh-based XIV Corps, and Major-General Lin Liu, the head of the Xinjiang military district

But just within two days, it should be noted that the PLA set up a fresh tent at Patrol Point 14. This was in clear violation of the agreement.

Another intelligence report by the US had claimed that a senior Chinese commander ordered the attack against Indian soldiers.

As quoted by a popular website, “Gen. Zhao Zongqi, head of the Western Theater Command and among the few combat veterans still serving in the People’s Liberation Army, approved the operation”.