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Six strategic bridges e-inaugurated by the Defence Minister of India in Jammu and Kashmir

Six strategic bridges e-inaugurated by the Defence Minister of India in Jammu and Kashmir

The Defence Minister of India, Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated six major bridges on 9 July 2020 via video conferencing that will provide connectivity of roads and bridges in sensitive areas that lie near the Line of Control and International Border.

Key Points:

  • The Border Roads Organisation completed the bridges that hold strategic importance in a record amount of time.
  • Two of the six bridges are located on the Tarnah Nallah in Kathua District, and the rest four are located in the Akhnoor/Jammu district on the Akhnoor-Pallanwala road.
  • The bridges ranged in length from 30 metres to 300 metres and were constructed at a total outlay of Rs.43 crores.
  •  Project Sampark of the BRO constructed the bridges to enable the movement of the Armed Forces and to facilitate and contribute to the comprehensive economic development of remote areas along the border.
  • The Border Roads Organisation has completed around 30 percent more work in the Financial year 2019-20 in comparison to the Financial year 2018-19.
  • The annual budget of the BRO has also been raised from Rs.3,300 crore and Rs.4,600 crore in the FY 2008-2016 to Rs.8,050 crore in the year 2019-2020.
  • In the FY 2020-2021, BRO will be provided with a budget of Rs.11,800 crore to further boost the development and construction of strategic roads and highways.

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