Six strategic bridges inaugurated in Jammu & Kashmir
Around 1,000 km long roads are currently under construction in Jammu region
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh dedicated six major bridges in Jammu & Kashmir to the nation. These bridges of strategic importance were completed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in a record time.
The two bridges on the Tarnah Nallah in Kathua district and four bridges located on Akhnoor-Pallanwala road in Akhnoor/Jammu district have spans ranging from 30 mtr to 300 mtr and were constructed at a total cost of Rs 43 crore.
These bridges constructed by project Sampark of BRO will facilitate movement of Armed Forces in this strategically important sector and also contribute towards overall economic growth of remote border areas.
Around 1,000 km long roads are currently under construction in Jammu region. Over the last two years, with the use of latest technologies and state-of-the-art equipment, BRO has done cutting of over 2,200 km, around 4,200 km of roads surfacing, and about 5,800 mtr of permanent bridges have been constructed.
BRO has executed about 30% more works in FY20 as compared to FY19. The annual budget of BRO varied from Rs 3,300 crore to Rs 4,600 crore in the FY08-16, and saw a substantial rise to Rs 8,050 crore in FY19-20.
With focus of the government in improving infrastructure in border areas, the budget for FY21 is likely to be Rs 11,800 crore. This will give a major boost to ongoing projects and expedite construction of strategic roads, bridges and tunnels along our northern borders.