India to Spend Rupees 2 Crore per Km on China Border Roads

  • The Vibrant Village Program (VVP) was approved by the Indian government on February 15, 2023, to strengthen infrastructure and settlement stability along India’s border with China. 
  • The project aims to enhance the lives of people in 2,967 villages across 46 border blocks in 19 districts of Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, and Ladakh. 
  • Over the next three years, the VVP plans to invest Rupees 4,800 crore in enhancing road connectivity. 
  • The most extensive projects are in Arunachal Pradesh (105 roads), Uttarakhand (5 roads), and Sikkim (3 roads). 
  • The project includes roadways and steel bridges, with a projected cost per kilometer of Rupees 2 crore. 
  • India is expanding infrastructure through the VVP as part of a strategic response to China’s construction of “moderately prosperous” Xiaokang villages along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). 
  • The initiative aims to revitalize border communities, ensure access to basic amenities, secure borders, and assist native people in making a living.
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