Tackling China: India’s ‘tunnel push’ in Ladakh and Kashmir to enhance Army’s response time

By Times Now

In the wake of the unprecedented ongoing India-China standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, New Delhi is pushing for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ as far as production of defence equipment is concerned, to make the armed forces ‘self-reliant’.

Importantly, India has also renewed its push for building infrastructure in border states and union territories, especially with an aim to provide smooth movement for the military all-round the year.

Sources have now said that the country is planning to build 10 tunnels in high-altitude areas of Ladakh and Kashmir regions with this objective. These tunnels are expected to have a total length of more than 100 kilometres.

The development comes just weeks after the inauguration of the strategically important Atal Tunnel, which reduces the travelling time between Manali and Leh and provides an opportunity to the Army to move men and machine to border areas faster.

It was reported by news agency IANS that the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has tabled a proposal to build eight tunnels which will vastly improve all-weather connectivity to Ladakh and Kashmir, as well as to crucial forward areas in both the UTs.

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