Centre sets up panel to track pending projects in China border

The government on Tuesday decided to set up a committee of secretaries to fast-track implementation of infrastructure projects along the border with China, in a move that came amid the 34-month-long border row in eastern Ladakh.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh after reviewing the progress in construction of various infrastructure projects on the northern border areas.

In his remarks,  Singh called for expediting all pending projects on “top priority”, stating that the “whole of nation” approach should be adopted in matters of national security, the defence ministry said.

“To fast-track the pending projects, it has been decided to set up a committee of secretaries which will meet at frequent intervals,” it said.

The meeting was attended by Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, Railways, Communications and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Power Minister RK Singh, Environment Minister hupender Yadav and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu, his counterpart from Uttarakhand Pushkar Singh Dhami, Ladakh Lt Governor Brig BD Mishra (Retd), Chief of Defence Staff Gen Anil Chauhan, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, Army Chief Gene Manoj Pande and Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane were also among the attendees.