By MUNDI ALIUNANThe Chinese government has been secretly building civilian engineering companies in India since 2015, and now the government has begun sending engineers and engineers teams to work on some of the most sensitive projects.
In January 2017, the Ministry of Civil Engineering and Urban Planning sent engineers to build a massive solar power project in Gujarat that would power a million homes.
In November last year, the government also signed a contract with a Chinese engineering company for the construction of a water treatment plant in Tamil Nadu, according to a report in the Hindustan Times.
The Indian government did not disclose the number of companies that were contracted for these projects, but several experts who spoke to the Times said they believe there were at least two companies that the Indian government has contracted with.
The sources said the government would have to be careful to avoid compromising security or economic interests of Indian citizens who could potentially work for a Chinese company.
One of the engineers said that his company would have had to comply with strict regulations from the Indian Government, which is likely to require the company to undergo security checks and other requirements before entering the country.
The government also reportedly did not provide the names of any Indian engineers who were working for Chinese firms, which could have made it harder for them to avoid such a conflict.
“It is a major concern,” said one of the sources.
The government could not be reached for comment on this story.
India’s civil engineering industry is estimated to be worth $20 billion and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 4 percent, according the Institute of Engineering Technology, an umbrella organisation for civil engineering research and development.
The Indian government, which has been struggling to keep pace with the growing Chinese economy, has been taking steps to slow the pace of China’s development.
India has been a major customer for Chinese-made equipment, including high-tech gadgets, as well as technology for developing countries.
China has also been increasingly interested in Indian technologies, including air traffic control, water treatment, communications, power grids, roads, and water management.