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China Has Made Huge Build-up In Tibet Region, Army Needs Broader Roads: Center To Sc

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The government informed the apex court that there is a need for feeder roads like Rishikesh to Gangotri, Rishikesh to Mana, Tanakpur to Pithoragarh. These roads lead to the northern border with China.

The Central Government told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that China has done extensive construction work in the Tibet region. In such a situation, the Indian Army needs wide roads to carry heavy vehicles to the Indo-China border, so that it does not face the situation created during the 1962 war.

The government informed the apex court that there is a need for feeder roads like Rishikesh to Gangotri, Rishikesh to Mana, Tanakpur to Pithoragarh. These roads lead to the northern border with China and will be linked to military camps in Dehradun and Meerut. Missile launchers and heavy ammunition are stocked in Dehradun and Meerut.

Army must be prepared for emergency
The Center also said that the Army has to be prepared for any emergency and we cannot live in a nap like in 1962. The top court said that all development should be sustainable and balanced from the point of view of the country’s defense and environment. The court cannot predict the defense needs of the country.

Attorney General KK Venugopal told this to a bench of Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Vikranath. He said that in view of the current developments on the Indo-China border, the army needs better roads. Across the border, China has prepared an extensive infrastructure of airstrips, roads, railway lines. It’s all done there permanently.

Venugopal sought amendment of the Supreme Court order dated September 8, 2020. In this, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) was asked to keep the width of the roads of the ambitious Chardham Highway project, which leads to the China border, to 5.5 meters. This 900 km strategic road project aims to provide all-weather connectivity to the four holy cities of Uttarakhand- Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.

Venugopal said that in the 1962 war, ration was supplied on foot till the China border. If the road is not made two-lane then the purpose of making it will be defeated. Hence double lane or 7.5 m width should be allowed.

To this, the court said that it cannot ignore the fact that there is adversity and hence creation of infrastructure is necessary. The army needs better roads to the border. No major changes have taken place there since 1962.

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The Central Government told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that China has done extensive construction work in the Tibet region. In such a situation, the Indian Army needs wide roads to carry heavy vehicles to the Indo-China border, so that it does not face the situation created during the 1962 war.

The government informed the apex court that there is a need for feeder roads like Rishikesh to Gangotri, Rishikesh to Mana, Tanakpur to Pithoragarh. These roads lead to the northern border with China and will be linked to military camps in Dehradun and Meerut. Missile launchers and heavy ammunition are stocked in Dehradun and Meerut.

Army must be prepared for emergency

The Center also said that the Army has to be prepared for any emergency and we cannot live in a nap like in 1962. The top court said that all development should be sustainable and balanced from the point of view of the country’s defense and environment. The court cannot predict the defense needs of the country.

Attorney General KK Venugopal told this to a bench of Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Vikranath. He said that in view of the current developments on the Indo-China border, the army needs better roads. Across the border, China has prepared an extensive infrastructure of airstrips, roads, railway lines. It’s all done there permanently.

Venugopal sought amendment of the Supreme Court order dated September 8, 2020. In this, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) was asked to keep the width of the roads of the ambitious Chardham Highway project, which leads to the China border, to 5.5 meters. This 900 km strategic road project aims to provide all-weather connectivity to the four holy cities of Uttarakhand- Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.

Venugopal said that in the 1962 war, ration was supplied on foot till the China border. If the road is not made two-lane then the purpose of making it will be defeated. Hence double lane or 7.5 m width should be allowed.

To this, the court said that it cannot ignore the fact that there is adversity and hence creation of infrastructure is necessary. The army needs better roads to the border. No major changes have taken place there since 1962.

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