India rushes to build military road to China border in Arunachal Pradesh

Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon was filmed in Arunachal Pradesh. However, not many are aware that its a disputed area.

With China claiming Arunachal to be apart of Tibet, and Dalai Lama’s planned visit to Arunachal, tensions between the two countries are high.

While China already has good infrastructure on its side, India is accelerating work on its border side roads, so that troops and supplies to the border could br deploy faster, if armed conflict were to break out.

An Indian soldier recently hiked for seven hours to hand deliver a can of diesel to the soldiers stationed at the India-China border, so that they could run a generator for 10 hours.

And this was definitely not a one-time occurrence.

The Wall Street Journal reports that India is racing against time to build a 34-mile road to the border town of Taksing (Arunachal Pradesh), located 8,000 feet above sea level.

“It’s not business as usual. We have shifted gear,” revealed a senior official working on the project.

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However, its a very difficult project, because of the treacherous terrain.

Bulldozers have to be broken down into nine pieces, with the pieces flown 200 miles by helicopter one at a time, monsoons last half the year, the mountain faces are unstable.

Even the locals hate the laborers brought in to work on the project, and Chinese soldiers keep entering the disputed area.

“You never know what will kill you,” says one laborer. Read the full piece here.