New Delhi: Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and a flare-up in tensions along the border areas, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has ushered in a new revolution in the connectivity of roads and bridges in sensitive areas close to the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday dedicated six major bridges to the nation through video conferencing. These bridges of strategic importance were completed in record time.
The Minister said: “It is a pleasant experience to inaugurate these bridges that connect people at a time when the world is insisting on keeping distance.”
Roads in the border areas are not only strategic strengths, but also act to connect remote areas with the mainstream. In this way, be it a strategic necessity of the Armed Forces or other development work related to health, education, trade, all these are possible only with connectivity, he added.
The two bridges on the Tarnah Nallah in Kathua district and four bridges on Akhnoor-Pallanwala road in Akhnoor/Jammu district have spans ranging from 30 to 300 metres and were constructed at a total cost of Rs 43 crore.