Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh dedicated to the nation 75 infrastructure projects constructed at a total cost of Rs 2,180 crore by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in several states, including Arunachal and Sikkim in the Northeast, on Friday.
The dedication of the 75 projects to the nation was held at a function organised at D-S-DBO road in Ladakh Friday.
According to the Union Defence Ministry, of the 75 projects dedicated at a function organised at D-S-DBO road in Ladakh, 45 bridges, 27 roads, two helipads and one Carbon Neutral Habitat are spread across six states and two Union Territories (UTs).
Twenty of these projects are in Jammu and Kashmir; 18 each in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh; five in Uttarakhand and 14 in other border states of Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab & Rajasthan, it stated in a release.
Appreciating the grit and determination of BRO for achieving the feat of project completion in record time despite challenging weather conditions, Singh pointed out that the projects will bolster the country’s defence preparedness and ensure economic development of border areas.
The highlight of the event was the onsite inauguration of 120-metre long Class 70 Shyok Setu on D-S-DBO Road at an altitude 14,000 feet. The bridge will be of strategic importance as it will facilitate logistics movement of the Armed Forces.
Other projects inaugurated virtually by the Raksha Mantri include two helipads, one each in Hanle and Thakung, in Eastern Ladakh. These helipads will enhance the operational capabilities of the Indian Air Force in the region.
The BRO’s first Carbon Neutral Habitat at a height of 19,000 feet for its personnel was also inaugurated at Hanle. It is BRO’s effort towards contributing to Ladakh’s resolve of becoming the country’s first Carbon Neutral Union Territory.
The key features of Hanle Carbon Neutral Habitat include accommodation of 57 personnel and thermal comfort during extreme weather. It will enable BRO to operate efficiently during large part of winters, the ministry added.