The Lieutenant Governor of Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Manoj Sinha expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Defense Minister, Rajnath Singh for inaugurating 10 bridges as these will play a crucial role in strengthening the connectivity to the far-flung areas of J&K.
Defense Minister, Rajnath Singh inaugurated 44 bridges constructed by the Border Road Organization (BRO) in 7 states/UTs with international borders.
He also laid the foundation stone for Nechiphu tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh.
Out of the 44 bridges, 10 bridges in J&K were inaugurated in the presence of J&K LG Manoj Sinha and Dr. Jitendra Singh, MoS PMO, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Space, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region.
The 10 bridges of J&K inaugurated were – Isham Bridge, Dahi Bridge, Dandi Bridge, Saniyal Bridge, Baniyari Bridge, AIK Bridge, Kallah Bridge, Madhun Bridge, Babban Bridge, and Batha Bridge.
Sinha observed that the newly inaugurated bridges would play a crucial role in strengthening the connectivity to the far-flung areas of J&K and enhancing the operational efficiency of the nation’s Defense forces.
“The bridges are crucial for the region for rapid development and defense purposes. Not only will these bridges connect people from remote parts of J&K to the rest of the nation but will also serve the Defense forces serving in here,” Sinha said.
“I strongly believe that bridges are not only critical component of a country’s infrastructure but they connect people and have power to change the destiny of a society and economy of the region”, he added.
Underlining the significance of newly inaugurated bridges, Sinha said that the bridge on Bandipora-Gurez road over Dahi Nallah would connect villages which used to remain cut off from even district headquarters for about half an year; the Madhun Bridge in Rajpura would facilitate the villagers as well as defence forces; the Dandi Bridge in Bhaderwah would help encourage more tourist inflow and the bridge over Babban Nallah in Samba would facilitate the locals as well as defense forces during peak monsoons.
Similarly, he said, the Batha Bridge over Batha Nallah in Samba would also provide much relief to the villagers as well as the forces during monsoons.
“Just as one Oresund Bridge helped boost the economy of Denmark, I firmly believe that these 10 bridges will also prove to be a boon for the UT. I am certain that these bridges will further facilitate journey embarked upon by J&K since August last year,” Sinha said.
The Lt Governor congratulated the DG BRO for his active efforts in providing these lifelines to villages of J&K. “I extend my gratitude towards the Defense Minister, Rajnath Singh for his able administration which shall increase operational efficiency of our forces.”