According to Army chief Gen. Manoj Pande, there have been “significant improvements” and there are initiatives for both all-weather and alternative connectivity. However, while there have been reports of infrastructural development on the Chinese side, this has not been the case on our side.
The Army chief described the circumstances along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China as “consistent but unexpected,” adding that there has been a small rise in the number of Chinese troops positioned in opposition to the Army’s Eastern Command, whom he claimed initially arrived for training and have since stayed. He claimed that continuous discussions at various levels have led to the resolution of five of the seven flashpoints.
Gen. Pande elaborated on infrastructure development by stating that, alone in respect of border roads, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has built about 6,000 km of roads across India in the last five years, 2,100 km of which were along the northern borders.
This news is written by Ms. Pujari Dharani, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.