New Delhi: Home minister Rajnath Singh will visit the China-Indian border area in Uttarakhand this week. The area has witnessed transgression by China's People's Liberation Army in the recent past, officials said.
During the tour to Barahoti, the home minister will interact with the personnel of the Indo Tibetan Border Police which guards the border outpost located at an altitude of 14,311 feet.
This is the first visit by a senior minister in the Narendra Modi government to China border after the resolution of the stand-off in Doka La.
Singh will also visit ITBP border outposts at Rimkhim (altitude 12,500 feet), Mana (10,500 feet) and Auli (10,200 feet) during the four-day trip beginning 28 September, a home ministry official said.
There were reports that on 25 July, Chinese soldiers had entered 800 metres into the Indian territory in Barahoti, located in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district, and stayed for sometime before returning to the Chinese territory.
The home minister will also address the probationers of the IAS, IPS and other services at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie, besides interacting with central government's additional secretary rank officials there on the first day of the visit.
The home minister is expected to review the situation on the border, address a 'Sainik Sammelan' and assess the progress in various infrastructure projects, another home ministry official said.
The 3,488 kilometres-long India-China border stretches through Jammu and Kashmir (1,597 kilometres), Himachal Pradesh (200 kilometres), Uttarakhand (345 kilometres), Sikkim (220 kilometres) and Arunachal Pradesh (1,126 kilometres).
The Chinese and Indian troops were in a face-off situation for more than two months in Doka La in Sikkim sector after Indians stopped the construction of a road by China's army.
The China-Indian border is not fully demarcated and the process of clarifying and confirming the Line of Actual Control is in progress.
The area is characterised by high-altitude terrain and thick habitation which has resulted in the inadequate development of infrastructure in these regions.
To redress the situation arising out of lack of infrastructure along the border with China, the government has decided to undertake construction of 73 roads of operational significance.
Of these, 27 roads involving 804.93 kilometre are being constructed by the home ministry in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh at an estimated cost of Rs 1,937 crore.
Published Date: Sep 24, 2017 02:58 pm | Updated Date: Sep 24, 2017 02:58 pm