‘MoD has no data on China roads,shows casual attitude’

BLASTING the Defence Ministry for not keeping tabs on road and infrastructure development by China along the border,a parliamentary panel ...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:August 20, 2010 1:00 am

BLASTING the Defence Ministry for not keeping tabs on road and infrastructure development by China along the border,a parliamentary panel has said that lack of data is reflective of the ‘casual attitude’ of the ministry towards national security and a mechanism needs to be evolved to monitor border projects by neighbouring countries. It also noted that work on 80 border roads that were to be completed by 2012 has not even started,indicating a ‘sense of complacency’ on government’s part.

The parliamentary standing committee on defence has also asked the Centre to allocate more resources to the Border Roads Organisation and give faster environmental and wild life clearances so that road construction work on the Chinese border can be expedited.

“Whereas it is an acknowledged fact that roads and other infrastructure is being created on the borders by different countries particularly China,the ministry has not maintained any details and data with regard to such activities going on the birders which is evident from the response of the ministry,” the report notes,sternly pulling up the government for its ‘casual attitude’.

The panel has asked the government to allocate more resources to BRO,particularly airlift capacity to expedite work,considering that construction has not even started on 80 border roads measuring 2624 km that were to be constructed by 2012. Out of the 277 roads of the length of 13,100 km to be build on the borders by 2012,only 29 have been completed while work is still going on in 168 projects. “Early decision on all projects should be taken so that airlift capacity is enhanced without any further delay… demand for airlift in coming years should be properly assessed,” the report says,adding lack of progress on the 80 roads reflects a ‘sense of complacency on part of BRO’.

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