BoycottChina trends on Twitter as China firm bags contract to build 5.6km underground stretch of Delhi-Meerut rapid rail project

The contract was awarded by the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC). Following this development, #BoycottChina trended on Twitter.
President Xi and PM Modi
President Xi and PM Modi

Chinese firm Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Company Limited has bagged a contract to develop underground tunnel stretch, from New Ashok Nagar to Sahibabad, of the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) project. The contract was awarded by the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC). Following this development, #BoycottChina trended on Twitter.

“Approvals have to be taken at various levels for bids that are funded by multilateral agencies. This bid was also awarded following the set procedure and guidelines. Now, all the civil work tenders of the 82-km-long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor have been awarded and the construction is going on in full swing to commission the project in time,” an NCRTC spokesperson said.

Netizens on the microblogging platform questioned the government’s move and termed it as an insult to the soldiers who were martyred in the Galwan Valley clash.

Chinese firm Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Company Limited has bagged a contract to develop underground tunnel stretch, from New Ashok Nagar to Sahibabad, of the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) project. The contract was awarded by the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC). Following this development, #BoycottChina trended on Twitter.

“Approvals have to be taken at various levels for bids that are funded by multilateral agencies. This bid was also awarded following the set procedure and guidelines. Now, all the civil work tenders of the 82-km-long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor have been awarded and the construction is going on in full swing to commission the project in time,” an NCRTC spokesperson said.

Netizens on the microblogging platform questioned the government’s move and termed it as an insult to the soldiers who were martyred in the Galwan Valley clash.

“This is extremely bad example to the national sentiments of anti china movement. Govt gives rail contract to Chinese co. This is not acceptable Angry face Delhi-Meerut #BoycottChina,” a user Tweeted.

Another said, “This is wrong…….at one hand govt is asking us to boycott Chinese goods and on other hand giving them contracts for rail project ..not accepted #BoycottChina.”

Here’s How Twitterati Reacted:

The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor is the first RRTS corridor in the country that will reduce the time to commute from Delhi to Meerut to less than an hour. The 17-km corridor of the Delhi-Meerut RRTS from Sahibabad to Duhai will be functional in 2023. The entire corridor will be operational in 2025.

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