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India allocates Rs 6,000 crore for strategic highway along border with China; work to begin in April

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To accentuate its vigil alongside the border with China and improve connectivity, the Indian authorities has allotted round Rs 6,000 crore for 11 totally different packages of the strategic Frontier Freeway in Arunachal Pradesh that can run by the India-Tibet-China-Myanmar border.

A ToI report cited a high street transport and highways ministry official saying the development work shall be carried out by three businesses – the state public works division, Border Street Organisation and Nationwide Freeway and Infrastructure Growth Company.

The 1,748 km two-lane freeway shall be hardly 20 kilometres away from the worldwide border at a number of areas.

The work building work is predicted to begin in April this 12 months and shall be executed in phases.

“By the end of this financial year, we are confident of bidding out nearly 400 km of this mega road project in Arunachal Pradesh and also in the entire North East,” the report quoted the official as saying, who added that building work will create a variety of jobs for locals.

Essential for defence forces’ strategic motion

The greenfield stretch will go by uninhabited or sparsely-populated areas of higher Arunachal Pradesh and due to this fact, the two-lane highways shall be useful to cater to the visitors demand and the requirement of defence forces for strategic motion, the report talked about sources as saying.

Frontier’s Freeway to boost connectivity to frame areas

On Sunday, Minister of Street Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari introduced an allocation of Rs 2,098.81 crores sanctioned for the development of the Bomdila-Nafra-Lada part (package deal 2, 3) overlaying 78.3 kilometres and Rs 279.91 crores for the 15.4 kilometres lengthy Lada-Sarli part (Bundle 7) of NH-913 (Frontier Freeway) on EPC mode.

“The strategic development of this road aims to enhance connectivity to border areas, fostering socio-economic growth in the region. The Frontier Highway’s construction is anticipated to curb migration and facilitate reverse migration towards the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh,” the Union Minister stated.

“Additionally, the advancement of this Frontier Highway segment will establish crucial road infrastructure connecting significant river basins, thereby enabling the development of numerous hydropower projects in the state,” the minister stated.

With inputs from businesses

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