February 8, 2023

Comprehensive Push for Infrastructure in the North East Region (NER)

Every Village In Northeast India To Have 4G Network By Dec 2023. In February 2022, the government informed the Parliament that out of 5,97,618 inhabited villages in the country, 25,067 villages lack mobile connectivity and Internet.

The government will also install more mobile towers in Tawang. The site where the recent clashes took place with the Chinese PLA.

Tawang Deputy Commissioner KN Damo said BSNL and Bharti Airtel would install 23 new mobile towers to improve connectivity. Government is increasingly focused on developing more digital connectivity across the NER. Over 2000 additional mobile towers are being installed across Arunachal Pradesh.

India also plans to build the ambitious Arunachal Frontier Highway by 2027. In the next five years, the Centre will build a 1,748 km long “frontier highway” close to the India-Tibet-China-Myanmar border in Arunachal Pradesh. It will be as close as 20 km from the international border

Out of 1,748 kilometers, approx 800 km will be new. Tendering for all the stretches will be completed by 2024-25. At some places, this 2-lane highway will be as close as 20km from LAC.

Indian Railways has also undertaken the objective to build tracks until the China border in Arunachal Pradesh. Currently, final location surveys of 2 such lines are in full swing.

Over 100 air routes have already been awarded to NER states with 16 airports operationalised, the new routes were awarded under UDAAN 2.0 scheme.

Stretching Optical Fiber Wire (OFW) network and satellite terminals for bolstering surveillance and communications across forward areas of North East has already been undertaken.

More helipads will also come up for swift mobilisation of troops and military equipment like M-777 artillery using Chinook Helicopters in the NER.

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  • Shantanu K. Bansal

    Founder of IADN. He has more than 10 years of experience in research and analysis. An award winning researcher, he writes for the leading defence and security journals, think-tanks and in-service publications. He is a senior consultant at the Indian Army Training Command (ARTRAC), Shimla. Contact him at: Shantanukbansal2@gmail.com

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