India improves road link to LAC to counter China-Pak economic corridor

Raj Kamal Rao
A file image of India and Chinese soldiers at a ceremonial interaction at the Line of Actual Control

A file image of India and Chinese soldiers at a ceremonial interaction at the Line of Actual Control

In a series of measures to counter Pakistan’s anti India plank Narendra Modi government is improving the road connectivity to the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The measure of the government comes to light on a day when Prime Minister Chaired a high level meeting to explore all options to isolate and counter Pakistan following terrorist attacks at Uri and Pathankot.

As per the information, Prime Minister’s office is keenly motioning the infrastructure buildup in crucial strategic locations near Line of Actual Control where Pakistan along with China are trying gain access by construction roads.

Proposal to construct “strategically crucial” link to LAC comes at the backdrop of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) construction progressing through the Karakoram ranges, a threat to India’s strategic location.

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi Photo-PTI

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Photo-PTI

The Border Roads Organisation, which takes care of roads construction in strategic locations, had approached the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), asking it to suggest possible solution for a patch on the 55-odd km road, especially from Sasoma to Saser Brangsa that leads to LAC.

India is keeping a close watch on CPEC that will connect China and Pakistan through one of the toughest terrains in the world. It is preparing itself by upgrading the road infrastructure in the “strategically crucial” link.

“The road is supposed to be shortest, but toughest as it is also shut for more than six-seven months due to landslides, harsh winters,” said a senior government official.

A file image of India and Chinese soldiers at the Line of Actual Control

A file image of India and Chinese soldiers at the Line of Actual Control

The road is also considered as an alternative route to LAC. Of the 55 km road, 10 km patch is affected due to hostile terrain and tough weather conditions. Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an arm of the Ministry of Science and Technology (S&T) is coordination the technicalities of the construction.

After the BRO had approached it, CSIT undertook topographical survey of the area using radar and other technologies.

“We have advised both short and long-term measures for the road, but it is up to the BRO to take a call on it,” said Satish Chandra, Director CRRI.

He added one of the short-term recommendations made by the CRRI is to make snow sheds that can save the road. Additionally, as a long term measure, it has also suggested some realignment, as the landslides damage the road every season.