Arunachal, Jan 8: Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that all regions near the international borders of Arunachal Pradesh will soon have 4G connectivity.

DCM Chowna Mein, MP Tapir Gao, Speaker Pasang Dorjee Sona, Gujarat MP Thakor Jugal Lokhandwala, MLA Laisam Simai, MLA Zingnu Namchoom, MLA Hayeng Mangfi, MLA Jikke Tako, Secretary Dani Salu, and Director Abu Tayeng accompanied the CM.

While addressing a public meeting in Taksing, Gelemo, and Nacho in Upper Subansiri district, which shares its border with China, Pema Khandu highlighted the importance of civilian population in the border areas to “deter enemy’s claim on our territory”.

Arunachal Pradesh has a 160 km border with Bhutan in the west, 1,080 km border with China in the north and northeast, and 440 km border with Myanmar to the east.

According to a statement issued by his office, CM Khandu said that “The country has made a departure from the earlier policy of discouraging development near the LAC (Line of Actual Control). The government now is focused on speedy development of the border regions by constructing roads up to the border, and building of other vital infrastructures.”

“It is because of such aggressive stance taken by PM Narendra Modi that the roads are reaching places like Taksing and other remote border areas in Arunachal, which was earlier un-thought of. Regions near international borders in Arunachal will soon be connected with 4G mobile connectivity,” CM added.

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Highlighting the importance of the presence of the civilian population in the border areas, the chief minister said they should be able to move freely and to take up activities for sustenance near the LAC, which will help deter the enemy’s claim on our territory.

Khandu also said that in the Tawang district, which also shares a border with China, activities like yak rearing, tourism, and pilgrimage centres are being developed right at the border, which aids in maintaining vigil at the LAC.

Underlining the importance of civilian-army bonhomie, he said the two should team up together to defend the country’s international borders. For building harmony, he stressed the joint celebration of important festivals and events by the public and the defence forces.

On the third day, the CM laid the foundation for a tourist lodge and convention hall at Nacho. He also dedicated the people Bailey bridge over Keo and Koduk river built by the rural works department. The 3-day tour of the Nacho constituency concluded with the CM attending the Si Donyi festival of the Tagin community and a public meeting at Nacho.