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Connect hearts of people with your actions: Rajnath to BRO
9/12/2023 10:47:37 PM

Early Times Report

Jammu, Sep 12: Dedicating the 90 Border Road Organisation (BRO) infrastructure projects to the nation built at a cost of over Rs 2,900 crore, across 11 States and Union Territories, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday asked them to connect the hearts of people with their actions.
"Involve local bodies and the people by understanding their needs and taking inputs for the projects in border areas," Singh said after he dedicated to the nation 90 infrastructure projects of BRO at an event at Devak Bridge on Bishnah-Kaulpur-Phulpur Road, which was inaugurated by him.
"Your job is not only to connect one place with another. It is also to connect the hearts of the people with your actions. The constructions should represent the spirit of 'for the people, of the people and by the people," he said.
The projects dedicated included Nechiphu Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh; two airfields in West Bengal; two helipads; 22 roads and 63 bridges.
Of these 90 projects, 36 are in Arunachal Pradesh; 26 in Ladakh; 11 in Jammu and Kashmir; five in Mizoram; three in Himachal Pradesh; two each in Sikkim, Uttarakhand and West Bengal and one each in Nagaland, Rajasthan and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The BRO has completed the construction of these strategically-important projects in record time; most of them in a single working season using state-of-the-art technology.
Singh described the BRO as 'bro (brother)' of the Armed Forces, asserting that, through its infrastructure projects, BRO is not only securing India's borders, but also playing a key role in the socio-economic development of the far-flung areas.
He credited the timely completion of these projects to the hard work and dedication of its personnel as well as the commitment of the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"Together with BRO, we are ensuring that the nation is secure and border areas are developed. Timely completion of infrastructure projects in far-flung areas has now become the new normal of New India," he said.
The state-of-the-art 422.9 meter long Class 70 RCC Devak bridge is of strategic importance as it will enhance the operational preparedness of the Armed Forces and boost socio-economic development of the region.
He also inaugurated the 500-metre long Nechiphu Tunnel on Balipara-Chariduar-Tawang Road in Arunachal Pradesh.
This tunnel, along with the under construction Sela Tunnel, will provide all-weather connectivity to the strategic Tawang Region.
The revamped Bagdogra and Barrackpore Airfields in West Bengal were also dedicated to the nation.
These airfields, reconstructed at a cost of over Rs 500 crore, will not only bolster the preparedness of the Indian Air Force (IAF), but also facilitate commercial flight operations in the region.
In addition, Singh virtually laid the foundation stone of Nyoma Airfield in Eastern Ladakh. This airfield, to be developed at a cost of approx. Rs 200 crore, will boost the air infrastructure in Ladakh and augment IAF's capability along the Northern border.
Singh in his address also expressed hope the BRO will soon set another unique record with the construction of Shinkun La Tunnel, the world's highest tunnel at an altitude of 15,855 feet.
The tunnel will connect Lahaul-Spiti in Himachal to the Zanskar Valley in Ladakh and provide all weather connectivity, he said, commending the BRO for developing infrastructure in border areas and making an invaluable contribution to the security of the nation.
He emphasised that infrastructure development in border areas is not only effective for national security, but also promotes connectivity with a neighboring country which functions with a spirit of cooperation with India.
He pointed out that the BRO has constructed infrastructure projects in several countries such as Myanmar and Bhutan and helped in strengthening peace and cooperation with them.
On civil-military fusion, he said, "civil-military fusion is the need of the hour, as the responsibility of the nation's security lies not only with the soldiers but also with the civilians."
The BRO is developing infrastructure for the security of the country by coordinating with the civil and military sectors. This collaboration will write a number of golden chapters in the field of border infrastructure," he said.
While Rajnath Singh underlined the need to work together to protect India's borders, he lauded the cooperation of state governments, despite ideological differences, towards securing national interests.
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