New Delhi: A Parliamentary Committee slammed the Defence Ministry for inadequate attention on infrastructure development by China along the border which poses challenges before the country.

"Infrastructure created by neighbouring countries particularly China poses challenges before the country. Expressing serious concerns over the inadequate attention being paid to one of the important activities of construction of tunnels, we strongly recommend initiating concrete steps in regard to imparting training to BRO engineers in the field,” the Standing Committee on Defence said.

The remarks were made by the Committee in its Action Taken Report on the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) tabled on Thursday in the Parliament.

The panel had observed that only six to seven officers were being given training in task of tunnel construction and recommended to train more officers for the task.

Though the Ministry had stated that it was "seriously concerned" in this regard, there were no indications of any steps taken for the purpose, the committee observed.

For creating a BRO-WAN (Wide Area Network), the Committee said the government had sanctioned the project in 2006 itself to improve communication links in the border areas but the Expression of Interest (EoI) was released only in 2009.

On the steps taken by the Ministry to get forest and wildlife clearances, the Committee said a three-level single window system has been operationalised in this direction and time-lines have also been fixed by the Environment Ministry.

"The Ministry has not replied in regard to the preparing a checklist for nodal officers clearly delineating responsibility of giving timelines...The Committee wish the  Ministry to furnish action in this regard soon," the report said.

(Agencies)