Sitharaman makes aerial survey of Doka La-Nathula area

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Oct 2017 09:00:32



DEFENCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday made an aerial survey of the Doka La-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 on Saturday afternoon.

Sitharaman is on a day-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim on Saturday.
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 Doka La 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 Doka La stand-off site and even started widening an existing road around 12 km from the area of face-off.
“We have seen recent press reports on Doka La...The status quo prevails in this area. Any suggestion to the contrary is incorrect,” the External Affairs Ministry had said in the statement.