Itanagar: India’s huge plans to build 3 railway lines in Arunachal Pradesh for strategic reasons, the north-eastern state borders China has evoked a muffled response from local lawmakers and community leaders who say New Delhi could have 1st focussed on roads and economic welfare instead.
Three major railway lines, one is linked adjoining Assam to Tawang, bordering China’s Tibet region. The other two anticipated strategic railway lines comprise North Lakhimpur in Assam to Along in Arunachal Pradesh and Murkongselek in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh.
Tshering Dhondup, ruling Congress lawmaker from the Tawang assembly constituency, told IANS, “We would welcome any development measure but we would expect the central government to first make the road condition better rather than a railway line to Tawang that might take 20 to 30 years to complete considering the rough and hostile terrain.”
The mountainous state of Arunachal Pradesh shares a 1,030-km unfenced border with China. The two countries had brawl a bitter war in 1962 with the Chinese troops advancing deep into Arunachal Pradesh and impose heavy casualties on Indian soldiers.
China has never acknowledged the 1914 McMahon Line, an imaginary border and claims 90,000 sq km almost all of Arunachal Pradesh.
After 1962, tensions outbreak again in 1986 with Indian and Chinese forces clashing in Sumdorong Chu valley of Arunachal. Chinese troops allegedly built a helipad in the valley, leading to fresh skirmishes.