Guwahati: Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Monday has inaugurated 44 bridges made by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) across seven states/Union Territories, via video-conferencing.
The bridges are built in border areas of Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.
The foundation stone for Nechiphu Tunnel on road to Tawang will also be laid today in Arunchal Pradesh. The tunnel is expected to shorten the travel time to Tawang.
Minister Rajnath Singh took twitter to announce the news, he wrote: “Extremely happy to dedicate 44 major permanent bridges to the Nation today. The Foundation Stone for Nechiphu Tunnel was also laid on this occasion in Arunachal Pradesh. These border infrastructure projects are of strategic importance and provide connectivity to remote areas.”
The Indian government has been trying to reinforce infrastructure in border areas through extensive road and bridge-building.
The Centre has increased funding for border road development projects and raised the allocation for maintenance of border roads.
Funding for road development projects in border aread has been raised from Rs 340 crore to Rs 440 crore in the current financial year.