To Counter China, BRO Must Strengthen Border Infrastructure, Says Defense Minister | India News

NEW DELHI: As China systematically builds roads, bridges and military positions along the entire 3,488 km Line of Actual Control as it continues to confront troops in eastern Ladakh, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday asked the Border Roads Organization (BRO) to further enhance its capability with the latest technology for faster infrastructure development in border areas.
“The Chinese presence has increased in the northern sector in the recent past. Thanks to their mastery of building in mountainous areas, they manage to reach different places very quickly. BRO must continue to work in parallel and focus on increasing its capacity with full use of technology,” Singh said, speaking to BRO staff on their 63rd day of lifting.
The BRO’s capital budget has been increased by 40% to Rs 3,500 crore in 2022-23, reflecting the government’s commitment to the country’s security and the development of border areas, Singh said.
There are no signs of de-escalation in the two-year military standoff with China, with both sides continuing to deploy more than 50,000 troops each with heavy weaponry along the border in eastern Ladakh.
The People’s Liberation Army has used the past 24 months to further consolidate its military positions and border infrastructure along the Line of Effective Control, as well as modernize all its airbases facing India.
The latest example is the construction by China of a bridge over the Pangong Tso in the area of ​​Khurnak Fort, illegally occupied by China since 1958, for better connectivity of its troops between the northern and southern shores of the lake. brackish, as TOI reports.

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