Readers might remember few weeks back the Chinese decided to issue a threat to India when it was made public that India will build 1800km long road along the border. China has been irked by its own mis-calculation that India will keep its side under-developed giving them a huge strategic advantage.
The Modi government has taken it a step further and has decided to build 4 more railway lines for the purpose of the troops. According to sources the proposed railway lines are
- Misamari-Tawang Railway line 378 kms
- Himachal Pradesh-Jammu and Kashmir, Bilaspur-Mandi-Manali-Leh 495 km
- Assam-Arunachal Pradesh, north Lakhimpur- Silapthar line 240 kms
- Assam-Arunachal Pradesh, Murkongselek-Pasighat-Tezu-Parshuram Kund-Rupai Siding line 256 km
The PM has already issued orders to the Minister of Railways for starting the survey and submit a detailed budget for this project with exact routes etc. Due to the terrain many obstacles will have to be overcome and the survey alone will take 2 years to complete.
These proposed lines will run through some of the most strategic areas giving our forces an advantage during any form of conflict.
Projects like these should have been initiated by the previous UPA regime during its 10 years of mis-rule but for unknown reason the Congress Government decided to keep India at a disadvantage. It is very rare in Indian history that we get 10 years of relative peace. Defense ministry should have used that time to improve the infrastructure but it refused to do anything.
Even ITBP after the recent border skirmish with China has accepted that it is very poorly equipped to take on an increasingly aggressive and dangerously adventurist chines army. Thus it has decided to buy cameras which can look into the Chinese territories upto 20 km and has started testing one of them by placing it on one of its outpost.
According to reports these camera with thermal imaging feature will be used to keep track of any medium to large scale movement of Chinese army over a fixed period. But it doesnot stop there instead plans are to lay fibre optics cable along the border to connect these cameras for real time monitoring by not only ITBP command HQ but Delhi too.