Digital Desk, New Delhi. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday inaugurated 44 simultaneous bridges for the first time in the country. Also laid the foundation stone of a tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh. 7 bridges have been built in Ladakh. Besides, 10 bridges have been constructed in Jammu and Kashmir, 2 in Himachal, 8-8 in Uttarakhand and Arunachal and 4-4 in Sikkim and Punjab. During the inauguration of the bridge, Rajnath Singh surrounded China and Pakistan and said that you are well aware of the conditions on our northern and eastern borders. First Pakistan and now China. As if a border dispute is being created under a mission. We have a border of about 7,000 kilometers with these countries, where tensions remain on a daily basis.
Extremely happy to dedicate 44 major permanent bridges to the Nation today. The Foundation Stone for Nechiphu Tunnel was also laid on this occasion in Arunachal Pradesh.
These border infrastructure projects are of strategic importance and provide connectivity to remote areas. pic.twitter.com/aaonpDFhUw
– Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) October 12, 2020
Bridge will improve connectivity
Singh said the new bridges spanning seven states and two union territories (UTs) would improve connectivity in remote areas of western, northern and north-eastern regions. In addition, they will also complete the transport and logistics requirements of the armed forces throughout the year. Congratulating the Border and Road Organization (BRO) for its efforts, Singh said that the construction of 44 bridges at one time in the country is a record. He said that between 2008 and 2016, the BRO had an annual budget of Rs 3,300 crore to Rs 4,600 crore. It increased to Rs 11,000 crore in 2020-21, despite the epidemic, there was no reduction. He said that the government has approved high altitude clothing to BRO engineers and workers.