Dhumal writes letter to PM over Chineese incursion issue

Shimla/March 25

Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal in a letter written to the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh on Sunday conveyed his concern towards the repeated Chinese incursions into the Indian territory.

He said that the State Assembly in its Sitting on March 22  had also expressed concern over it.
Chief Minister said that long range missiles on the Tibetan soil were also a constant threat.

He said that of late large numbers of Chinese troops have been spotted in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK).

He said that Chinese soldiers had forced the stoppage of road construction in Leh Laddakh area. China disputes the sovereign integrity of India by protesting against your visit to the State of Arunachal Pradesh which was a matter of concern.
He said that on the Tibetan soil, China has commissioned an ultra modern Air-field apart from a State of Art railways network which could not be taken lightly.
Dhumal said that it was understood that the strategically important massive installations have come up on the other side of the border. The bitter lesson of 1962 should have uptill now resulted in the effective deterrent mechanism, on this side also, he added.
Dhumal reiterated that he had repeatedly been taking up the issue of having a rail network upto Leh-Laddakh in the last two- three years in the National interest on one hand and also from tourism development point of view in Himachal Pradesh.
Chief Minister urged the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh for construction of Bhanupalli-Bilaspur-Mandi-Kullu-Manali-Leh-Laddakh rail link at the earliest, construction of broad gauging of Pathankot-Jogindernagar railway line and also a strategically world class air field on the India side in Himachal Pradesh.

He said that steps should be taken for securing the National interests in view of the enhanced Chinese threats besides construction of a world class communication i.e. roads, bridges etc. in Border areas.

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