New Delhi: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated six bridges in the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.
On this occasion, he said that the development of remote areas of the region will remain the main priority of the NDA government.
The defence minister inaugurated the bridges through video conference in the presence of Army Chief General MM Narwane, Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar, Border Roads Organization (BRO) Director General Lt Gen Harpal Singh and others.
The Defense Ministry said in a statement that four bridges have been built on the Akhnoor-Pallanwala road in Akhnoor and two bridges on Taranah Nala in Kathua district. The total cost for the construction of these bridges has been Rs 43 crores.
These have been constructed by the Border Roads Organization (BRO). They are inaugurated at a time when there is a border dispute between India and China in eastern Ladakh. Officials said that a major message behind dedicating this bridge to the people of Jammu and Kashmir is that India will continue significant infrastructural development in the border areas, despite creating unfavourable conditions by the enemies.
Singh said in a brief address, “Our government is determined to continue the infrastructural development in our border areas and necessary resources will be made available for this.” Our government has a keen interest in the development of Jammu and Kashmir.
“He said,” Keeping in mind the needs of the people and military forces of Jammu and Kashmir, there are plans for many other development works which are announced on time. Will go. About 1,000 km of roads in the Jammu region are under construction. ”The defence minister said that the government has ensured that the BRO will be provided with sufficient resources for the construction of strategically important routes.
He said that despite the Covid-19 epidemic, the government will not allow the resources to be given to BRO to fall.
According to the ministry, the annual budget for BRO between 2008 and 2016 was between Rs 3,300 crore and Rs 4,600 crore.
However, the allocation was increased to Rs 8,050 crore in 2019-2020. The budget of BRO is expected to be Rs 11,800 crore in 2020-2021. The Ministry said that the increase in allocation amount will accelerate the construction of strategic roads, bridges and tunnels on the northern borders of the country.
Singh congratulated the BRO for constructing the bridges in ‘record time’. He said that roads and bridges are the lifelines of any nation and they play an important role in the socio-economic development of remote areas. The Defense Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is regularly monitoring the progress of these projects and sufficient funds are being provided to complete them on time.