Senior BJP leader and former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Mr.Prem Kumar Dhumal on Wednesday hailed the initiative of the Ministry of Defence and Finance for clearing four strategic Railway links along the border of India and China
शिमला Shimla (SML): Talking to The Pioneer, he said Himachal Pradesh had been repeatedly asking the Congress Governments at the Center for strengthening rail and road network along the border with China, but the successive Railway Ministers of the Congress led UPA Governments had been turning a deaf ear to the dire necessity of matching our road and rail infrastructure with China.
Dhumal said he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently and impressed on the need for strengthening rail network in the strategic Indo-China border by allocating liberal funds as it concerned India’s freedom and security. He said the Prime Minsiter gave him a patient hearing and assured to take all possible steps in this direction.
The former Chief Minister said visionary BJP Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee had taken steps in this direction and had started the work of the Rohtang Tunnel and expressed confidence that the new Prime Minister would accomplish the left over work. During his four rallies in Himachal Pradesh, Modi had assured the people to expand the rail network up to the China border.
Dhumal said in the wake of repeated border violations by the Chinese it was paramount to expedite the work of rail network on Indo-China border on a war-footing. He said Bilaspur, Mandi, Manali Rohtang route was the safest one for the deployment of forces and defence material because the other route via Kashmir fell in the firing range of Pakistan.