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Rajnath Singh Inaugurates 44 Bridges To Facilitate Military Transport

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New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh opened 44 bridges built by the Border Road Organisation (BRO) of Indian Army on Thursday which are designed to withstand heaviest battle tanks.

There are among those 102 bridges which are being built by the BRO and the government described it as a record-breaking performance.

An official said that 30 out of 44 bridges fall on the route to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh.

A BRO official said, “We had already lost too much time and could not allow a business-as-usual approach,” in reference to the steps taken by the previous governments for not upgrading border infrastructure.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh praised the BRO and its chief Lt. General Harpal Singh for completing the work on time in the most hostile terrain and extreme weather conditions.

Lt. General Harpal Singh said that the 44 bridges are located in Jammu and Kashmir (10), Ladakh (8), Himachal Pradesh (2), Punjab (4), Uttarakhand (8), Arunachal Pradesh (8) and Sikkim (4).

“These bridges of various spans, constructed by BRO, range from 30 metres to 484 metres are of strategic importance and have been designed to facilitate the movement of heavy civil and military traffic in border areas,” he was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

Lt. General Harpal Singh also added that some of these bridges were in difficult locations that made building a 30-metre long bridge tougher than to make 1,000-metre long bridge.

The annual budget of BRO which ranged between Rs 3,300 crore and Rs 46,00 crore in 2008-2016, was raised over 11,000 crore in 2020-21, an official statement said.

The bridges will improve the connectivity and will provide faster development of troops and other elements which would improve the capability of the armed forces to respond to any situation along the LAC.

Also, the government has doubled up the annual targets of BRO to build 102 bridges this year from an annual average of 50 bridges.

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