Arunachal MPs: development Arunachal, thwart China

ITANAGAR:– Members of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh have urged the Centre to speedily develop border areas to thwart incursions from the Tibet autonomous region of China.

Development of the border areas is a must to secure the country’s frontier, observed the Members of Parliament (MPs) from Arunachal Pradesh.

In a memorandum to the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, the MPs from Arunachal Pradesh said that India is an disadvantageous position as the Arunachal side of the border is marked with high hills, deep gorges and dense forests, while the Tibet side is a plateau. The population of Arunachal Pradesh is only 2.85 per cent of the North East, whereas the area of the State is more than 32 percent of the region. The development requirements of the State are unique because of its strategic location, limited availability of the resources, etc. There is urgent need for infrastructure development along the international border areas to secure the borders from incursions, the memorandum said.

Because of lack of adequate infrastructure development, the people living along the bordering areas have a tendency to migrate to lower reaches, leaving the strategically vital areas uninhabited. The Government of Arunachal Pradesh, with its limited resources, is trying to establish administrative centres in those areas, but the efforts are not adequate and the Government of India must extend its helping hand to develop infrastructure in the remote areas.

The memorandum said that life of the inhabitants of the bordering areas became difficult because of lack of connectivity and there is need for developing all-weather roads, particularly in the areas prone to incursions by the Chinese. The villagers in these areas can play the role of sentinels of the nation, the MPs said. In the difficult terrain along the border, porter tracks, log bridges and foot suspension bridges can also provide valuable communication to the troops of India for patrolling along the Line of Control.

Over the years, most of the incursions took place in the Tawang area, which is in the western part of Arunachal Pradesh. But on August 13, an incursion took place in Chaglagam, which is the easternmost part of Arunachal Pradesh.

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