Boycott China Gains Momentum in India
With the ‘Boycott China’ chorus stronger than ever after a pre-planned attack on Indian soldiers by the Chinese troops in the Galwan valley of Ladakh, a Chinese engineering company has lost a major contract with the Indian railways. Boycott China Gains Momentum in India.
A day earlier, the government asked state-owned BSNL, MTNL and other private telcos to not use Chinese-made equipment in the up-gradation of 4G facilities in view of security threats.
Indian Railways Cancels Rs 471 Crore Signalling Contract To China Firm
What does the Indian govt. have to say?
Sending a clear message to China, the government today said it was decided by Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) to terminate the contract with Beijing National Railway Research and Design Institute of Signal and Communication Group Co Ltd.
What was the Chinese contract?
The Chinese company had secured a contract for designing and installing signal and telecommunication network for the 417-km DEFRC segment between Kanpur and Deen Dayal
Upadhyaya Station (Mughal Serai junction) in UP.
The Railways had awarded the contract four years ago, and the Chinese company was a lone entry for a Chinese presence in the mega project. Since the project is funded through the World Bank, DFCCIL will seek the consent of the international financial institution before going ahead with the termination.
What does the railway authority say?
The railways have said the non-availability of their engineers at the site was a serious constraint. Further, physical progress did not move forward as they did not have a tie-up with local agencies.
A senior railways ministry official said the signal and telecommunication systems are used for interlocking railway sections. The software and security codes are the keys to operating or correcting errors.
Railways officials have cited its refusal to share technical details and codes as the reason for its
eviction. As per a railway ministry official, after a series of meetings the company shared the details, which were incoherent and incomplete.
Other issues cited as reasons for the company’s eviction include non-availability of engineers at the site; no progress in physical work; no material procurement work; and no progress in work despite several meetings.
QUESTIONS FOR YOU-
Can this project work without the Chinese contract?
Can the ‘boycott China’ movement really solve the issue of privacy?
After witnessing the increasing levels of unemployment, can “non-availability of engineers at the site” really be a reason?
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