Indian Govt. to invest Rs 13K Cr to construct 37 roads along India-China border

The Indian Government is considering a proposal to construct an additional 37 roads crossing a total distance of 875 km along the India-China border.

Further, the proposed project, part of the India-China Border Roads (ICBR) program, would cost approximately Rs 13,000 crore.

According to the proposal, nearly 70 percent of the roads under ICBR-III would be built in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

As of now ICBR programs namely ICBR-I and ICBR-II are going on which basically involve the development of 1,435 km of roads in Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh.

The estimated cost of the project is around Rs 1,600 crore.

The India-China Border Roads (ICBR) project aims to enhance infrastructure along the border between the two nations by constructing strategic roads, bridges, and tunnels.

It is to be noted that the Indian Government has increased the capital budget of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) by 43 percent to Rs 5,000 crore in the 2023-24 budget as against Rs 3,500 crore in 2022-23, in response to China’s increasing construction of infrastructure along the lines of its border with India.

Notably, India has built 2,088 km of roads in areas bordering China in the last five years, with an expenditure of Rs 15,477 crore.