Indian Railways has cancelled a contract with a Chinese company as the tensions between India and China rise
Bengaluru: As tensions rise between China and India over Galwan Valley clash in which China killed 23 Indian soldiers, while at the same time, Indian soldiers inflicted 43 casualties, chorus for the boycott of Chinese products is growing louder.
Now, in what comes as a move that would make many happy, Republic TV adds that the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL)- a PSU under the aegis of the Ministry of Railways has terminated a Chinese company’s contract.
This contract pertained to the signalling and telecommunication work in Kanpur-Deen Dayal Upadhyay section was awarded to M/s Beijing National Railway Research and Design Institute of Signal and Communication Group Co. Ltd. in June 2016. The contract cost of Rs.471 crore was going to funded by a loan from the World Bank.
The website further states the details: As per the DFCCIL, only 20% of the work was completed despite the passage of 4 years.
Reluctance of the Chinese company to furnish technical documents as per the contract agreement, non-availability of the company’s engineers at the site, lack of tie-up with the local agencies and delay in material procurement are some of the reasons.
Moreover, the PSU alleged that there was no improvement in progress despite repeated meetings with them at every possible level.
A note on the incident:
It all began when Indian soldiers dismantled a Chinese tent at Patrol Point 14, which is close to the mouth of the Galwan river. News18 has reported that 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.
So, the tent was burned down. Col Santosh Babu also laid down his life. His father, proud of his son’s martyrdom added that it is a privilege to die for the country.
India has always maintained that all its activities are well within its borders:
"Given its responsible approach to border management, India is very clear that all its activities are always within the Indian side of the LAC. We expect the same of the Chinese side," MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said.
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Last Updated Jun 18, 2020, 5:02 PM IST