Ushering in a new revolution in the connectivity of roads and bridges in sensitive border areas close to the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh dedicated six major bridges to the nation through video conferencing from here today. These bridges of strategic importance were completed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in a record time.
Taking to Twitter, Singh said, “Dedicated to the nation six bridges constructed by BRO in J&K via video conferencing facility today. These bridges will facilitate movement of the Armed Forces in these strategically important sectors and also contribute towards the overall economic growth of remote border areas.”
Rajnath Singh also congratulated all ranks of BRO for completing the bridges in the record time.
“I congratulate all ranks of BRO for completing these bridges in the record time.These projects are the life lines in far flung areas close to border. The Govt is regularly monitoring the progress of all BRO projects and adequate funds are being given for their timely execution,” he tweeted.
Thanking the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their cooperation, Rajnath Singh said, “I am sure that the construction of modern roads and bridges will bring prosperity to the region. Our government is committed to promoting infrastructure on our borders and necessary resources will be provided for this. Our government has a keen interest in the development of Jammu and Kashmir. Keeping in mind the need of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Armed Forces, many other development works are also in the pipeline, which will be announced in due time. About 1,000 kilometre long roads are currently under construction in Jammu region.”
The annual budget of the BRO that varied from Rs 3,300 crore to Rs 4,600 crore in the FY 2008-2016, saw a substantial rise to Rs 8,050 crore in FY 2019-2020. With focus of the Government in improving infrastructure in border areas, the budget for FY 2020-2021 is likely to be Rs 11,800 crore. This will give a major boost to ongoing projects and will expedite the construction of strategic roads, bridges and tunnels along our northern borders.