Ushering in vast improvement in the connectivity of roads and bridges in border areas, Union Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday inaugurated the One-kilometre long Ujh bridge in Kathua district, 617.40-Metre-long Basantar bridge in Samba district of Jammu & Kashmir.He dedicated the bridges to the nation.
Terming construction of Ujh and Basantpur Bridges a great achievement by BRO, Rajnath said that the roads and bridges are the lifeline of any nation and play a vital role in the socio-economic development of people in the far-flung regions. He praised BRO personnel for working in the most hostile and the difficult areas away from their families.
He further said that the BRO has been rendering commendable services through construction and maintenance of roads and bridges in border areas fulfilling the strategic needs of the Defence Forces.
Reiterating the Central Government’s commitment to the development of connectivity in Jammu & Kashmir, he said Prime Minister is regularly monitoring the progress of these projects and funds are being made available accordingly.
“One Km long Ujh bridge is the longest bridge constructed by BRO and also has the distinction where technology of Pre-Cast Segmental br with 60 m spans was used. It has been constructed at a cost of approx. Rs 50 crore and was completed within the scheduled time. The bridge is located on Parole-Korepannu-Rajpura road over UjhNallah, the statement said.
“Basantar bridge has been constructed at a total cost of approx. Rs 41.7 crore. The bridge is located on Rajpura–Madwal–Pangadur–Phulpur road over Basantar Nallah,” it said.
Both these bridges will provide smooth connectivity and are vital for the Army for deployment on border areas. These bridges will be a big relief for the local people of border villages of Kathua and Samba sector as road connectivity used to get disrupted during Monsoon.
Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office, Department of Atomic Energy & Department of Space Dr Jitendra Singh also highlighted the development program of Central Govt and Prime Minister ShriNagendraModiji’s steps for boosting connectivity in Jammu & Kashmir.