This came after defence minister Rajnath Singh chaired a high-level meeting on Tuesday to review the progress in construction of various border infrastructure projects. “All pending projects should be expedited on top priority,” Singh said, stressing the need for adopting the “whole of nation” approach in matters of national security.
The committee of secretaries from the ministries of defence, road, transport & highways, telecommunications, environment and power, among others, will “meet at frequent intervals” to fast-track the projects, an official said. Among the ministers who attended the meeting were Nitin Gadkari (road transport and highways), Ashwini Vaishnaw (railways and communication), R K Singh (power) and Bhupender Yadav (environment). Apart from the military brass, NSA Ajit Doval, Arunachal CM Pema KhanduUttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami and Ladakh Lt. Governor Brig (Dr) B D Mishra (retd) were also present.