Why the Chinese need to worry

Why the Chinese need to worry

The road from Tezpur, in the Brahmaputra Valley in Assam, to the border town of Tawang is one of India’s most strategic border roads.

In the 1962 War with China, when it was barely a Jeep track, the Indian Army made little use of it to build up troops on the border, whereas People’s Liberation Army’s assault units used it to rush their forces all the way to Assam.

In the two years since the PLA’s intrusions into Eastern Ladakh, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is sparing no effort to build and upgrade road highways from Tezpur to the McMahon Line.

On May 20, 2022, the BRO conducted the final ‘break through blast’ to mark the completion of excavation work on the Nechiphu Tunnel on the Tezpur-to-Tawang road, which will allow it to be used even in the extreme fog that gathers there for months at a stretch.

‘The tunnel has been conceived to bypass extreme foggy conditions prevailing around Nechiphu Pass, which have caused hindrance to general traffic and military convoys for many decades,’ the ministry of defence stated. (Courtesy Rediff)

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