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The infrastructure facility in the Himalayan states is tougher due to the difficult terrain and month’s long snowfall. But the connectivity to these areas is crucial for strategic security and welfare of the people living in those states. The Modi government has made major efforts to connect the eight northeastern states and Ladakh region with the rest of India. The construction of three bridges on the Brahmaputra river, which was due for years taken together, is finally finished and opened for people’s use. Railway line and roads are under construction to connect every state’s capital.


The first time, for the Ladakh region, an all-weather railway line will be built. The region doesn’t get to connect with the rest of the country for six months during winters due to the closure of 434-km long Srinagar-Leh national highway. “The work on the detailed project report for an all-weather railway line between Himachal Pradesh to Leh has started. The railway line once completed will provide all-weather connectivity to the region which is presently dependent on a road through Kargil which only opens in summer,” said the defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman.


The defense minister under the present Modi government has paid a visit to Ladakh for the fourth time to fast track the development of infrastructure in the region since she became defense minister in September 2017. “This is for the first time that these Himalayan states are witnessing development in the shape of the construction of new railway lines, better roads, and airports,” said Sitharaman. “The funds were directly given to Ladakh councils instead through Srinagar headquarters to avoid delay in the development works. Leh was given more administrative and financial powers to utilize the money which resulted in speeding up of various development,” she added.


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