With the rising tensions between India and China, the former had called for a countrywide boycott of everything that is related to China, may it be Chinese products or Chinese business entities and henceforth, the Centre had cancelled the tender of a mega bridge project in Bihar which was to be built over Ganga River.
The Centre’s decision to drop the project came in the backdrop of the martyrdom of 20 Indian soldiers, including a commanding officer, during the India-China war which took place on 15th June in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley. As said by a senior official of the Bihar government that this project included the involvement of four contractors, out of which two were Chinese, thus, such a decision of scrapping the project had been taken. However, a new tender will soon be floated, added the official.
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This mega bridge project, which was cleared by the Union government’s cabinet committee on economic affairs, chaired by Narendra Modi on 16th December was to be constructed parallel to that of the Mahatma Gandhi Setu which would have facilitated the people of Patna, Saran, and Vaishali districts. Besides the main bridge, which is 5.6 km long, the project includes four other minor bridges, five bus shelters, a 1.58 km long viaduct, a flyover, four vehicular underpasses, a rail overbridge, and 13 road junctions. The capital cost of this whole project was estimated at over Rs 2,900 crore and it was supposed to be completed by January 2023, which includes a time period of three and a half years.
Other banning includes
Just after the cancellation of this project, on Monday, the Indian government also banned 59 Chinese mobile applications, including TikTok, Camscanner, Shein, Club Factory, and many more, as a step to encounter the threat posed by these apps to India’s “sovereignty and security”. It was being claimed that through these applications, data of Indian users were transferred out of the country without authorization. Now, therefore, with the banning, Indian applications will gain more value by giving the utmost priority to Indian culture and also taking into concern the security of the users.