NEW DELHI: To give a much needed push to infrastructure in the remote border areas, Army Chief General Bikram Singh on Monday met Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari to seek his support in expediting strategically important roads along the Chinese borders in Ladakh and North East.
The Army chief met Gadkari at the latter’s office here for about 40 minutes and sought the minister’s indulgence in speedy construction of the roads meant to aid the military in mobilising its troopers and equipment to the border posts.
The Centre has approved the construction of 73 strategic roads in both Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir and North-Eastern states of India. But construction work is being delayed due to reasons such as hurdles in obtaining environment clearances from the Centre and difficult terrains.
The Army has begun raising a new Mountain Strike Corps that will be the offensive force focusing on China in case of war and infrastructure build up along the 4,057-km border with China.