SHRI RAJNATH SINGH, HON’BLE RAKSHA MANTRI DEDICATES SIX BRIDGES, CONSTRUCTED BY BRO IN J&K, TO THE NATION
Ushering in a new revolution in the connectivity of roads and bridges in sensitive border areas close to the International Border & Line of Control, Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri dedicated six major bridges to the nation. These bridges are of strategic importance and were completed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in record time.
The Six bridges were inaugurated through a Video Conference by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh in the presence of Dr Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister, Gen Bipin Rawat, CDS, Gen MM Naravane, COAS, Dr Ajay Kumar, Def Secy, Lt Gen Harpal Singh, DG Border Roads, at Delhi & Shri Jugal Kishore Sharma, MP Jammu, along with senior Army & Civil Administration officials on site.
The two bridges on the Tarnah Nallah in Kathua District and four bridges located on Akhnoor - Pallanwala road in Akhnoor/ Jammu District have spans ranging from 30 mtr to 300 mtr and were constructed at a total cost of ₹ 43 Crores. These bridges constructed by Project Sampark of BRO will facilitate movement of Armed Forces in this strategically important sector and will also contribute towards the overall economic growth of remote border areas.
Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri, congratulated all ranks of BRO for completing the six bridges in record time and complimented them for contributing towards Nation building by working in the most difficult terrain and weather conditions. He said that roads and bridges are the lifeline of any nation and play a vital role in the socio-economic development of far flung regions. Reiterating the Central Government’s commitment to prioritise development activities in J&K, he said that our Hon’ble Prime Minister is regularly monitoring the progress of these projects and adequate funds are being provided for their timely execution.
It is apparent that there has been a major surge in outcomes delivered by BRO in the last few years. This is evident from the fact that BRO has executed about 30% more works in Financial Year 2019-20 as compared to 2018-19. This has happened because of adequate budgetary support from the Govt and due to the effect of structural reforms and focussed/ dedicated efforts by BRO. The annual budget of BRO that varied from ₹ 3300 Crores to ₹ 4600 Crores in years 2008-2016, saw a substantial rise to ₹ 8050 Crores in 2019-2020. With focus of the Govt in improving infrastructure in border areas, the budget for 2020-2021 is likely to be ₹ 11,800 Crores. This will give a major boost to ongoing projects and will expedite the construction of strategic roads, bridges and tunnels along our Northern borders.
Speaking on the occasion, Lt Gen Harpal Singh, DG Border Roads, underlined the contribution of BRO to nation building and thanked the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri for his continuous guidance and support while expressing confidence that the BRO shall continue to strive towards meeting laid down targets in line with our overall National Strategic Objectives set forth by the Govt.