April 22, 2021
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Constant vigil
Defending Indian borders

There is now no question whether more manpower or better technology is required for the defence of the Line of Actual Control. Both are absolutely essential. There is a reason for it. For many years the successive Governments of India had followed a policy of “benign neglect” of the infrastructure in the higher reaches of the Himalayas for fear of making it easy for the Chinese to be able to execute the same kind of deep penetration as they did into Indian territory in 1962 when they threatened Tezpur, the then capital of Assam.

The current inability to post enough manpower all along the Line of Actual Control is largely caused by the absence of infrastructure, particularly roads. Recent reports on the status of road-building activities in the Himalayas have shown that less than 50 per cent of the cutting and alignment has been executed and all the projects are well behind schedule.

The Border Roads Organisation which is the nodal agency for the construction of infrastructure in the Himalayas has an order book of 73 strategic road projects on the India-Ch
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