Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the important Atal tunnel from a strategic point of view in Rohtang, Himachal Pradesh. Pm Narendra Modi had inaugurated the tunnel and said that the tunnel would be a new force of the country’s border infrastructure. Pm Modi delivered a gesture of gestures to China and said that many border infrastructure projects have been completed and many are progressing at a fast pace. The Chinese media has also become restless as infrastructure strengthens in India’s border area. As usual, the Global Times, the mouthpiece of the Chinese government, has raided its propaganda on the Atal tunnel and tried to threaten India.
The Global Times has published an article and says that India is not going to benefit much from building Atal tunnels. The Global Times wrote that since the area is hilly and densely populated, it has been constructed only for military purposes.
The opening of the Atal tunnel allows the Indian Army to be deployed in a short time on the border and military supplies can also be carried through this tunnel, the Chinese newspaper wrote. It is true that the tunnel will take less time to reach Leh from the rest of India. It is very important as an army deployment and strategic channel.
The Global Times has added, “In peaceful time, the tunnel will help the Indian army and supply a lot, but it is not going to help in the time of war, especially in the military conflict. The Chinese People’s Army has many ways to waste this tunnel. It is better for India and China to live peacefully with each other.
The newspaper has advised India to exercise restraint and said it should refrain from any provocation. No tunnel can enhance India’s combat capability, the Global Times wrote. There is certainly a big difference between the combat capability between India and China, especially India’s ability to fight is not at all systematic. India is far from China’s potential.
“India is developing roads, bridges, and other infrastructure along the border with China,” the Global Times wrote in its article. Darbuka-Daulat Beg Oldi (DSDBO) Road is a 255 km long road which has been completed last year. It took India two decades to make it. The road goes to Ladakh. Apart from these roads, the Indian government has identified 73 important roads along the Indo-China border from a strategic perspective, which will continue to operate even in winter.
The future of these roads ready for war depends on three practical aspects, the Chinese newspaper wrote. Firstly, what the Government of India wants. The Modi government seems to want to strengthen military presence along the Indo-China border. The second thing is the budget. India is increasing its defense budget and spending more on infrastructure than ever before, which is aimed at stopping China. The third thing is technology. India lags far behind China in terms of capacity to erect infrastructure. In fact, 73 roads were constructed 10 years ago but these roads have not yet been constructed. This shows that India’s capacity to erect infrastructure is limited. Moreover, building roads in hilly areas is a very difficult task and India has little experience of working on such projects.
The Global Times has finally written, “It is time for peace and India is not able to realise that the Atal tunnel will not work when the war is over. The whole country is happy with the formation of this tunnel. But as far as Indian politicians are concerned, they are using it only for appearances and their political gain. This is clearly political propaganda. Whether the tunnel will work in the war or not, it is not a matter of consideration for Indian politicians, but they are making it a weapon to pursue their political interests.