Chinese troops damaged stone wall: Antony
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, Dec 21: Chinese troops had in July this year damaged a 200 feet stone wall which was built 250 meters inside the Indian territory in Tawang area of Arunachal Pradesh, government told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
"As per the established mechanism with China, a strong protest was lodged with the Chinese side on the action of the PLA patrol in a flag meeting (between the two sides)," defence minister A K Antony said.
In reply to a question, the minister said the attempt by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) to raze the wall was prevented by the Indian army. "In July, a PLA patrol attempted to cross a 200 feet wall of loose stones constructed 250 metres on our side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Yangtse area of Tawang, which was prevented by our troops," Antony said.
The stone wall was partially damaged by the PLA patrol, but it has been reconstructed, he said.
The 200-metre long wall was constructed by Indian Army for protection against the icy winds during the patrol duties.
"There is no commonly delineated LAC between India and China and there are few areas along the border where both have different perception of the LAC," Antony said, adding that, both sides patrol upto their respective perceptions of LAC due to its perceived differences in alignment.
Replying to a question on infrastructure development along the Chinese border, he said, 10 railway and 73 roads projects have been identified in North and north eastern regions.
"Army has identified 73 roads as critically and strategically important. In addition to this, 10 railway projects have also been identified for development in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh," Antony said.
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