India’s strategic bridge built between Durbuk and Daulat Beg Oldie is scheduled to be inaugurated on October 21 at the hands of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The bridge is named after Col Chewang Richen who was awarded Maha Vir Chakra in 1952.
The bridge will help in the development of border areas and villages across Shyok River. It is 45 km east of Line of Control with China and also the bridge will reduce time travel, the Army sources said.
The bridge built by the Border Roads Organisation can accommodate vehicles of 70 tonnes class and is 4.5 metres wide.
Rajnath Singh has been travelling extensively to defence bases to get to know the working conditions of the troops and has even flown in fighter aircraft.
Ladakh, which will soon be a Union Territory, is a unique region as it shares its borders with China and Pakistan.