The Centre on Wednesday stated that sufficient funds will be earmarked in the Defence Budget for the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to help it complete 44 of the 61 strategic roads along India’s borders with Pakistan and China. In a reply to queries in the Rajya Sabha, Defence Minister A K Antony said that 61 strategic roads that the BRO was entrusted to complete by 2016 were part of the 73 roads identified by the government.
Of these 61 roads with a total 3,404.63 km, the BRO has completed 17 roads of 612.51 km, while 25 more roads are scheduled for completion this year. The remaining 19 roads would be completed by 2016, Antony said.
He also noted that the government had identified 13 new railway-line projects covering a length of 965-km that are under various stages of implementation in the north-eastern region of the country, apart from the states of Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand. The roads and rail-line projects would play a key role in helping the military.
India will soon build a missile testing base each in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Andhra Pradesh on a proposal from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Antony said. The DRDO had proposed to set up the two test ranges at Rutland Island in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and at Nagayalanka in Andhra Pradesh.