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Dehradun, Nov 20: Indian Army will have quicker access to China border in Uttarakhand after the construction of 150-KM road began in Tanakpur-Pithoragarh stretch. The stretch remains part of the project launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the assembly polls in the state.
All-Weather Roads Project’ likely to be completed by 2019. Mobilisation of forces and their armaments to the last posts on the India-China border in times of Chinese aggression will be much easier from the Tanakpur rail-head after its completion.
“Construction of the 150-km long Tanakpur to Pithoragarh road is being carried out on war footing to meet the set time the 2019 deadline. The deadline is likely to be easily met as the route has no over bridges or tunnels,” said LD Mathela, executive engineer of NH 125.
Although the construction will remain a big challenge due to nature of soil in the Kumaon region. “Non-availability of non-rocky hill portion along the route is also a reason why no tunnels or over bridges are being built on the stretch,” he said.
Mathela said four companies have enlisted to undertake the project. “Four companies have been assigned the task of constructing the road. These companies have been enlisted after their experience in constructing all-weather roads was scrutinised,” he added.
The road will be able to bear the weight and width of all defence armaments required at the time of an emergency at border posts along the India-China border.
(With inputs from agencies)