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For permission to construct 139 km road on Indo-China border in Sikkim the government has been moved to the Supreme Court for carrying out operational preparedness and maintaining troops deployment along the Sino-Indian border.
The Ministry of Defence in its application has submitted that the proposed road was necessary since National Highway 31A was the only road available connecting Sikkim to the rest of the country.

Out of 139 kms length of road, 33 km of the road is to pass through the Neora Valley National Park and the Pangolakha Wild Life Sanctuary in the east district of Sikkim.

The Flag Hill-Log Bridge Madhubala Dokala road to be built by the Border Road Organisation(BRO) will pass through the sanctuary and construction through forest area and sanctuary cannot be undertaken without the prior permission of the Supreme Court.

The government in its application has stressed that the construction of the road will help in building up of the infrastructure in border areas for repulsing enemy incursions as well as to carry out combat operations.

According to China Study Group which carried out review of international border with China has recommended high ‘operational preparedness’ and one of the recommendations was laying down a communication network of roads to ensure faster mobility and operational preparedness.

The application further says ‘the construction of roads would provide an alternative access to east Sikkim and enhancing the operational and logistics support of the troops in the area and the alternative access to Sikkim is crucial for the Indian Army to reach high altitude posts along the Tibet border.

The army’s 33 corps based in Sukna, north Bengal covers Sikkim with division level presence in Gangtok, Binaguri and Kalimpong. It is also important for Siliguri corridor connecting northeast with the rest of India. The new proposed road would provide a shorter avenue of approach to reach east Sikkim and reduce the time required for troop deployment.’

The application may come up for hearing before the special forest bench tomorrow.

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For permission to construct 139 km road on Indo-China border in Sikkim the government has been moved to the Supreme Court for carrying out operational preparedness and maintaining troops deployment along the Sino-Indian border.

The Ministry of Defence in its application has submitted that the proposed road was necessary since National Highway 31A was the only road available connecting Sikkim to the rest of the country.

Out of 139 kms length of road, 33 km of the road is to pass through the Neora Valley National Park and the Pangolakha Wild Life Sanctuary in the east district of Sikkim.

The Flag Hill-Log Bridge Madhubala Dokala road to be built by the Border Road Organisation(BRO) will pass through the sanctuary and construction through forest area and sanctuary cannot be undertaken without the prior permission of the Supreme Court.

The government in its application has stressed that the construction of the road will help in building up of the infrastructure in border areas for repulsing enemy incursions as well as to carry out combat operations.

According to China Study Group which carried out review of international border with China has recommended high ‘operational preparedness’ and one of the recommendations was laying down a communication network of roads to ensure faster mobility and operational preparedness.

The application further says ‘the construction of roads would provide an alternative access to east Sikkim and enhancing the operational and logistics support of the troops in the area and the alternative access to Sikkim is crucial for the Indian Army to reach high altitude posts along the Tibet border.

The army’s 33 corps based in Sukna, north Bengal covers Sikkim with division level presence in Gangtok, Binaguri and Kalimpong. It is also important for Siliguri corridor connecting northeast with the rest of India. The new proposed road would provide a shorter avenue of approach to reach east Sikkim and reduce the time required for troop deployment.’

The application may come up for hearing before the special forest bench tomorrow.


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