Road links Maza near China border | BRO conquers Arunachal last frontier

  • BRO karmayogis, says CM

By Pradeep Kumar

ITANAGAR, Dec 29: With tension prevailing in Arunachal Pradesh after Indian Army and Chinese PLA soldiers clashed at Yangtse, 25-km aerial distance from Tawang, Border Roads Organization (BRO) conquered one of the last frontiers of this sensitive border state by building road up to Maza, as tweeted by the BRO.

The Maza border post, located in Upper Subansiri district along India’s Line of Actual Control and Chinese border post at Xingqiangpu Zhang, had witnessed fierce fighting during 1962 Sino-Indian War.

The road was finally  linked up at 3.30 pm on Wednesday under the supervision of site officer Capt Satyam and 128 RCC OC Lt Col Abhimanyu Qadian signaling linking Maza with rest of the country. BRO’s Project Arunank chief engineer Brig Anirudh S Kanwar and 23 BRTF Commander Nagaraja Kumar drove in the first set of vehicles on the road, accomplished by the difficult deadline set by Director General Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhry despite tough hilly terrain, but three-month ahead of planning.

“Heavy machineries were taken through rivers and log huts were made for the workers, who worked tirelessly round-the-clock from multiple points to complete the task. The road stretch Limeking-Gelsiniak-Gelimo-Bidak has been black topped, while Bidak-Maza portion would be black topped soon,” according to one of the engineers.

However, the BRO tweet evoked applause from Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who in his tweeter handle wrote: “Maza connected: @BROindia Project Arunank working relentlessly with single minded devotion and dedication today achieved connectivity to Maza, a strategic location along Northern Border, on Road TCC-Maza in Arunachal Pradesh at 0330h on 28 Dec 22. BRO Karmayogis.” BRO additional DG (East) PKH Singh also congratulated the team for the achievement.

It is worth mentioning here that Tama Chung Chung-Maza is the  area where great martyr 2 JAK Rifle havildar Shere Thapa, hiding in Tama Chung Chung ridge, had killed 155 Chinese jawans on 18.10.1962 during Indo-China War as certified in writing by his commanding officer Col (Retd) Amar Patil.

Gelemo, located at an elevation of 5,870-ft and 17-km from Gelensiniak, lies on Tibetans’ 12-yearly Tsari pilgrimage route around Dakpa Sheri Mountain. The pilgrimage goes down Tsari Chu Valley up to Gelensiniak and return to Tibet via Subansiri Valley. The last Tsari pilgrimage was held in 1956 and stopped after the Sino-Indian border conflict ending ties of both regions.

Upper Subansiri district, created in 1980, comprises of snow-caved rugged mountainous and difficult terrain with height ranging from 7,000-ft to 18,000-ft above sea level on the north serve as barrier.

The thinly populated district, criss-crossed by perennial Subansiri  River, has barren and inhabited terrains mostly covered by dense forest consisting of Alpine, moist temperature tropical pine and evergreen forests in upper, upper middle, middle and lower region respectively with temperate weather and boasts of rich in flora and fauna.

It may be recalled that after Longju incident in 1959, Assam Rifles troops stationed at Longju retreated to a place named “Gallen” or Gelemo. A new border post was set up later at Maja, 3 miles south of Longju. The Chinese forces had occupied entire area up to Limeking before withdrawing after ceasefire.

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