Dehradun, November 20
The state government has sought the use of MI 26 helicopters of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in completing the construction of roads along borders with Nepal and China.
Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar took the decision to seek the help of the IAF choppers at a meeting held to discuss the issues regarding the development of infrastructure on the borders.
Stating that the work on the completion of border roads was being hampered owing to poor connectivity in far-flung areas, officials said they were facing great difficulty in sending material and machinery to high altitude areas due to poor road connectivity.
It was stated in a press note issued here today that several issues pertaining to the development of border roads, forest and environment clearance, review of security in border areas and duties of the ITBP, the SSB, the BRO and the CPWD were also discussed at the meeting.
“Though the Nepal border has been sealed temporarily due to the elections in the neighbouring country, the work to complete 10 roads is going on. The roads are being constructed by the CPWD and the BRO with the district administration, the police, the SSB and the ITBP keeping a vigil on activities on the border,” it said.
DGP BS Sidhu; Principal Secretary, Home, Om Prakash; Additional Secretary Shailesh Bagoli; nodal officers Rajendra Kumar; Additional Secretary, Forest, Manoj Chandran; IG Ram Singh Meena; IG, ITBP, IS Negi and several other officers attended the meeting.

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