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After reports of developments in Doklam, Defence Minister makes aerial survey

PTI
Published : Oct 7, 2017, 5:56 pm IST
Updated : Oct 7, 2017, 5:56 pm IST

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is on a day-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.

Sikkim government officials said the defence minister also made a survey of the new Pakyong Airport in East Sikkim and neighbouring areas on Saturday afternoon. (Photo: PTI/File)
 Sikkim government officials said the defence minister also made a survey of the new Pakyong Airport in East Sikkim and neighbouring areas on Saturday afternoon. (Photo: PTI/File)

Gangtok: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday made an aerial survey of the Doklam-Nathula area on the Sino-India border, a day after the government said the status quo at the site has not changed since the disengagement on August 28.

Sikkim government officials said the defence minister also made a survey of the new Pakyong Airport in East Sikkim and neighbouring areas this afternoon.

Sitharaman is on a day-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.

The survey follows the external affairs ministry statement on Friday that there were no new developments at the India-China military face-off site in Doklam and its vicinity since the August 28 disengagement.

The statement had come amidst reports that China has maintained a sizeable presence of its troops near the Doklam standoff site and even started widening an existing road
around 12 km from the area of face-off.

"We have seen recent press reports on Doklam...The status quo prevails in this area. Any suggestion to the contrary is incorrect," the external affairs ministry had said in the
statement.

Sitharaman is scheduled to meet Sikkim Governor Sriniwas Patil and Chief Minister Pawan Chamling at the Raj Bhavan and they are likely to discuss several issues related to defence in the border areas with China, the officials on Saturday said.

Improving strategic infrastructure like border roads in Sikkim, the new airport which is to be inaugurated in November, and development in areas along the Sino-India border
in Sikkim are likely to be discussed, they added.

Tags: nirmala sitharaman, doklam-nathula area, sino-india border, doklam standoff
Location: India, Sikkim