Border Infrastructure: BRO does it again! Six new bridges in J&K unveiled by the defence minister

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Updated: Jul 09, 2020 1:38 PM

The BRO was directed to fast track the improvement of the infrastructure in the border areas in an effort to ensure smooth and easy movement of the forces.

Around Rs 1,715 crore of permanent works has been done.Around Rs 1,715 crore of permanent works has been done.

Amidst the ongoing border tensions between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), six critical bridges were unveiled by the defence minister Rajnath Singh today in Jammu and Kashmir. These bridges were dedicated to the nation through virtual conference are located in the sensitive border areas which are close to the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Complimenting the BRO team on finishing the construction in record time, Singh said that “the roads and bridges are the lifelines of any nation. And have a vital role to play in the socio-economic development of far-flung regions.”

And he also reiterated the Government’s efforts to prioritise development activities in J&K, for which funds are being provided for their timely execution.

He also acknowledged that the BRO in the last two years has been by using the latest technologies and state of the art equipment has done cutting of over 2,200 Km about 4,200 km of roads surfacing. And also has constructed about 5,800 metres of permanent bridges.

More about the bridges

According to the Ministry of Defence, two bridges on the Tarnah Nallah in Kathua District and four bridges which are located on Akhnoor-Pallanwala road in Akhnoor/Jammu district have spans ranging from 30 to 300 metres. They have been constructed at a total cost of Rs 43 crores.

Constructed by Project Sampark of the BRO, these will help in the movement of the Indian armed forces in this the sector which is strategically very important for the country. And will also help in the economic growth of the remote border areas.

Ahead of the inauguration, the defence minister had a review meeting with the officials of BRO earlier in the week to talk about improving the infrastructure near the LAC with China and the Line of Control with Pakistan (LOC).

The BRO was directed to fast track the improvement of the infrastructure in the border areas in an effort to ensure smooth and easy movement of the forces.

According to senior MoD officials, the BRO Director General Lieutenant General Harpal Singh had briefed the minister about the projects undertaken including the construction of tunnels, bridges, roads, and airfields in remote border areas. He also talked about the construction projects undertaken in friendly countries in the neighbourhood like Afghanistan, Myanmar, and Bhutan which is in line with the overall strategic objectives.

In June this year, for the Jammu and Kashmir area and Uttarakhand, the government approved an additional Rs 1,691 crore for highway works by the BRO.

And since the time there have been border tensions between India and China along the LAC, Lt Gen Harpal Singh had visited the under-construction 8.8-km-long Atal Rohtang Tunnel. This tunnel is slated to be opened up in September this year.

Update on BRO projects

The organization has managed to execute around 30 per cent more work in 2019-20 as compared to 2018-19. It has executed 1,273 Km formation cutting, 2,214 km of surfacing.

Around Rs 1,715 crore of permanent works has been done — 2,979 Km of major bridges, also, Rs 689 crore has been spent in tunnel works and 2,498 km of re-surfacing in 2019-20. Since 2017-18 the BRO’s activities have witnessed a surge of 44 per cent in formation cutting, 55 per cent in permanent works, 17 per cent in major bridges, 15 per cent in surfacing and 49 per cent in resurfacing works.

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