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Ladakh to get three key roads soon: Rajnath

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Three key roads in Ladakh which give access to security forces to several strategic locations, including Siachen, will soon be constructed with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh ordering speedy completion of work.

The directive was given after two-day visit of the Home Minister to Ladakh region where he had a first-hand experience of the life in inhospitable terrain in the icy heights of Himalayas along China border.

The roads connecting Leh-Demchok, Chuchul-Luma and Durbuk-Trijunction, which leads to the Siachen base camp, will be constructed as early as possible, official sources said.

All other roads having strategic importance will also be expeditiously constructed as the Home Minister has given necessary directions to the agencies concerned.

Mr Singh, who spent two nights, including one at ITBP border post Dungti, located at an altitude of 13,648 feet above sea level, also ordered construction of infrastructure for improving mobile telephone network in the region.

The Home Ministry’s project for construction of 27 roads for the movement of troops of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), which guards the Sino-Indian border, has been very slow as only three roads have been built till last year-end.

The roads are to be constructed along the border in Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Uttarakhand.

The plan envisages construction of 804 km of roads and the project will cost about Rs 1,937 crore. However, just 200 km of the road has been constructed so far.

During the visit, Mr Singh had to abandon his helicopter and take a road trip to Dungti, some 200 km from here. It took seven hours for the Home Minister to reach the destination, which is just 3 km from the Line of Actual Control and situated on the bank of Indus.

Mr Singh became the first Union Home Minister to spend a night at a border outpost which has only basic infrastructure. -- PTI

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