Govt to spend 31, 000 crore, build 64 border roads and 103 bridges | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The government has proposed construction of 64 strategic roads with a total length of 3,508 km and 103 bridges in areas falling in the India-China, Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Myanmar border areas with an estimated cost of over Rs 31000 crore. Nearly three-fourth of the roads and all the proposed bridges would come up in areas close to the India-China border. The proposals would be placed soon before the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) for approval, sources said.
Officials said the strategic roads, which have been identified for ‘India @75 Strategic Roads Package (ISRP)’, will also help reduce the road head differential gap with the border as compared to neighbouring countries. They said in Arunachal Pradesh, except for Kameng Sector, which is the border area opposite Tawang, the distance of road head from Indian border varies from 20 km to 120 km. But in the case of China, it’s less than 8 km all along the border.
“Nearly 78% of the entire investment would be made in the projects that would be built in India-China border areas while roads proposed in India-Pakistan border areas would get another 14% of the total investment,” said a source.
Officials said the identified road and bridge projects are also aimed at improving connectivity along the border states, including Arunachal, Manipur, Sikkim, Mizoram, J&K, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. The government has proposed to complete all these projects by March 2029, which will also enhance the operational capabilities of armed forces and help accelerate socio-economic activities in these regions.
Out of the 64 road projects, 41 are proposed to be “greenfield” to be built on new alignment.

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