GUWAHATI: With tension at the Indo-China border continued, the ministry of home affairs, as part of its Indo-China Border Roads (ICBR) projects, has awarded six road stretches in Arunachal Pradesh to the National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) on a nomination basis, at an estimated cost of approximately Rs 5,000 crore.
The length of the six stretches is around 100 km and expected to take two years to complete.
This was the first time that NHIDCL, a fully owned company under the union road ministry, has been awarded road projects in the forward areas of Arunachal Pradesh, instead of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which is under the defence ministry.
NHIDCL was set up in 2014 with a special focus on building roads and highways in the northeast and border areas.
Earlier on Thursday, China completed the track-laying work for a railway line linking the cities of Lhasa and Nyingchi in Tibet, close to the Indian border in Arunachal Pradesh.
The Sichuan-Tibet Railway will be the second railway into Tibet after the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. It will go through the southeast of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, one of the world’s most geologically active areas.
The Sichuan-Tibet Railway starts from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province and travels through Ya’an and enters Tibet via Qamdo, shortening the journey from Chengdu to Lhasa from 48 hours to 13 hours.