Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh dedicated to the nation 63 bridges in a virtual program from Kyungam in Leh district.
Shri Rajnath Singh is an a three-day visit to Ladakh to review the security situation on the ground as India and China prepare for the 12th round of Corps Commander talks to take forward the disengagement process in Eastern Ladakh.
These bridges are built by Boarder Roads Organization (BRO).
The combined cost of the projects is Rs 240 crores.
Mr. Singh inaugurated a 50-metre-long bridge constructed on the Leh-Loma Road in Ladakh.
- This single span steel super structure bridge replaces an existing bailey bridge.
- The Leh-Loma Road, which connects Leh with places such as Chumathang, Hanley and Tso Morori Lake, is vital for access to forward areas in Eastern Ladakh.
- This will ensure unhindered movement of heavy weapon systems including guns, tanks and other specialized equipment.
Amongst the rest 62 bridges, he virtually inaugurated –
- 11 in Ladakh,
- 4 in Jammu & Kashmir,
- 3 in Himachal Pradesh,
- 6 in Uttarakhand,
- 8 in Sikkim,
- 29 in Arunachal Pradesh and
- 1 each in Nagaland and Manipur.
BRO’S Infrastructure Poject:
- With the inauguration of 63 bridges in one go, BRO has surpassed its own record of 44 bridges launched in 2020.
- These 63 bridges, combined with 12 roads dedicated to the nation by Rajnath Singh on June 17, 2021, form a bouquet of 75 infrastructure projects completed by the BRO.
About the Bridges:
- BRO used the latest technologies in building of these bridges.
- These are Class-70 bridges and can bear the load of movement of Tanks and other heavy vehicles.
- These bridges facilitate strategic and quicker access not just to Armed forces but to people living in the border villages as well.
- It refers to the Border Roads Organization.
- In order to ensure coordination and expeditious execution of projects, the Government of India (GoI) set up the Border Roads Development Board (BRDB) with the Prime Minister as Chairman of the Board and Defence Minister as Deputy Chairman. The BRO was formed on 7 May 1960 to secure India’s borders and develop infrastructure in remote areas of the north and north-east states of the country.
- It develops and maintains road networks in India’s border areas and friendly neighboring countries.
- It is responsible for the construction and maintenance of roads along the borders with China and Pakistan.
- Officers from the Border Roads Engineering Service (BRES) and personnel from the General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) form the parent cadre of the Border Roads Organisation.
- BRO has been entirely brought under the Ministry of Defence. Earlier it received funds from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
- The current Director General of BRO is Lt. Gen. Rajeev Chaudhary.
- Shri Rajnath Singh, on the development of Ladakh, said a number of welfare schemes are being implemented, including Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, National Rural Livelihood Mission, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi.
- He also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to start the democratic process in the region.