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Government's Infrastructure Plans for Border Areas:

Published: 13th May, 2024

Context

The government plans to construct roads along the China border in Uttarakhand and Sikkim under the Vibrant Village Programme (VVP). Each kilometer of road construction is estimated to cost over Rs 2 crore.

Key-highlights (Implementation Status)

  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sanctioned 113 roads in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Sikkim under the VVP to improve connectivity along the China border.
  • Arunachal Pradesh has received the majority of these sanctions, with Uttarakhand and Sikkim also receiving approvals.
  • The MHA has mandated the installation of GPS-enabled tracking devices on machinery used for road construction. This ensures efficient monitoring of construction activities.

Fact Box: Vibrant Village Programme

  • Launched in: 2023
  • Aim: The program aims to counter China's expansion of model villages near the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
  • The VVP aims to cover 2,967 villages in 46 border blocks across Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, and Ladakh.
  • One key goal is to prevent migration from border areas and gather intelligence from residents.
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