New Delhi, Oct 13: Barely two months after the standoff with China in Doklam, India has decided to bring structural changes in army formations along the border with China. Apart from these changes, India will also boost its infrastructure including rapid road building in the east.
The defence ministry took the decision at the Army commanders conference, in which the participants discussed the faceoff with China in Doklam. The commanders also analysed all possible security challenges on the northern border.
Director General Staff Duties Lt. Gen. Vijay Singh said in a press-conference later, that it was decided that there would be considerable “heft” towards road construction activities in the northern sector. He further said the commanders also talked about making organisational changes of some of the formations to enhance army’s present capabilities.
Official sources told PTI that capacity enhancement along the 4000 km Sino-Indian border was the major focus area.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman also spoke at the event. She stressed on “the need to guard against inimical forces and talked about the need for jointness and integration of all the services in effectively dealing with emerging challenges,” said Singh.
Talking specifically about infrastructural development, he said: “four passes to Niti, Lipulekh, Thangla 1 and Tsangchokla have been decided to be connected by 2020 on priority.” All these passes are in Uttarakhand. He said additional funds will be provided to Border Road Organisation for the task.
India and China were locked in a 73-day-long standoff at Doklam, an area claimed by both Bhutan and China. India had intervened on Bhutan’s behalf as Chinese building activities threatened ‘Chicken’s Neck’– a narrow strip of land connecting Indian mainland to its northeastern states.