Rajnath Singh
Rajnath Singh. Courtesy: Deccan Herald

Rajnath Singh Reviews Progress Of Border Infrastructure

July 7, 2020

Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting in New Delhi to review the progress of various infrastructure projects under construction in border areas.

The meeting was also attended by Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and other senior officials of the Ministry of Defence.

The state of forwarding connectivity to border areas was reviewed and the consistent need of boosting the ongoing projects and to expedite the construction of strategic roads, bridges and tunnels in the border areas was discussed.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has executed 30 per cent more works in the financial year (FY) 2019-20 as compared to FY 2018-19.

The BRO has worked incessantly even during the restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 without affecting the progress of various projects.

Despite unprecedented snowfall, breaking 60-year-old record, all strategic passes and roads were cleared this year for traffic about one month before their average yearly opening dates.

The Border Roads executed snow clearance works on 149 roads (of 3,965 kilometres) in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

This ensured the rapid and early movement of troops and logistics to forward areas.

While complimenting the BRO for its achievements, Rajnath Singh exhorted it to continue its work to achieve even greater laurels.

The Border Roads has also inducted latest equipment and machines and has introduced modern construction methods after successful trials to expedite works on surfacing with cementations base, use of plastics, geotextiles, etc and various techniques for slope stabilisation.

Trials have also been carried out successfully for indigenously produced modular bridges in collaboration with Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE) under the Make in India’ initiative.

"This will revolutionise the bridge laying capabilities in the forward areas," Rajnath Singh added.

Rajnath Singh also lauded the efforts of the BRO for their contribution towards national security.

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