The Defence Minister in Ladakh inaugurated 63 bridges built by the Border Roads Organisation(BRO). These infrastructure projects worth over Rs 245 crore are located in six states and two Union Territories (UTs).
One of the bridges inaugurated is a 50-metre-long single span steel super structure bridge constructed on the Leh-Loma Road in Ladakh and replaces an existing bailey bridge. This will ensure unhindered movement of heavy weapon systems, including guns, tanks and other specialised equipment.
“The Leh-Loma Road, which connects Leh with places such as Chumathang, Hanley and Tso Morori Lake, is vital for access to forward areas in Eastern Ladakh,” the defence ministry said in a statement.
Of the other 62 bridges inaugurated, 11 are in Ladakh, four in Jammu and Kashmir, three in Himachal Pradesh, six in Uttarakhand, eight in Sikkim, one each in Nagaland and Manipur and 29 in Arunachal Pradesh. With the inauguration of 63 bridges in one go, the BRO has surpassed its own record of 44 bridges launched in 2020. These 63 bridges, combined with 12 roads dedicated to the nation by Rajnath Singh on June 17 this year, form a bouquet of 75 infrastructure projects completed by the BRO.