DM inaugurates 2 strategically important Ujh, Basantar bridges

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 7/21/2019 12:47:24 PM

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KATHUA/SAMBA, Jul 20: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Saturday inaugurated two strategically important bridges in Kathua and Samba districts of Jammu and Kashmir that will help in smooth mobility of security forces in the border areas.
The bridges, near the International Border, have been built under Project Sampark, braving Pakistani shelling and weather vagaries during the monsoon season.
The Ujh bridge event in Kathua was attended by Dr Jitender Singh the Union Minister of State in PMO, who also represents Doda-Udhampur-Kathua constituency in Parliament, Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of The Army Staff, Lt Gen Harpal Singh, Director General Border Roads, Maj Gen Y P Khanduri, GOC, Gurj Division along with many other army and civil administration dignitaries.
However, in Basantar bridge inauguration event at Samba, MP Jugal Kishore Sharma, who represents Jammu-Poonch constituency in Parliament, also shared the dais with these dignitaries.
1000 meters long Ujh bridge is the longest bridge constructed by BRO and also has the distinction of using technology of pre cast segmental bridge with 60 meter spans. It has been constructed at a cost of approximately Rs 50 crore and completed within scheduled time. The bridge is located on Parole-Korepannu-Rajpura road over Ujh river.
617.40 meter Basantar bridge in Samba district has been constructed with a total cost of approximately Rs. 41.7 Cr. The bridge is located on Rajpura–Madwal–Pangadur–Phulpur road over Basantar river.
Both these bridges have been constructed under 69 Road Construction Company of 13 Border Roads Task Force under supervision of Project Sampark. These bridges will provide smooth connectivity and are vital for mobility of security forces in border areas. These bridges will be a big relief for the locals of border villages of Kathua and Samba as road connectivity used to get severed during monsoons. Both the bridges will also boost the local socio-economic growth.
Terming construction of Ujh & Basantpur bridges a great achievement by BRO, Defence Minister said that the roads and bridges are the lifeline of any nation and play a vital role in the socio-economic development of far flung regions and population. He praised BRO personnel for working in the most hostile and the difficult areas, away from their families and rendering commendable services through construction and maintenance of roads and bridges in border areas fulfilling the strategic need of Indian defence forces.
Reiterating the central government’s commitment to the development of connectivity in Jammu & Kashmir area, he said that the Prime Minister was regularly monitoring the progress of these projects and funds were being ensured accordingly.
Dr Jitendra Singh also highlighted the development programme of central government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s steps for boosting connectivity in the J&K, particularly to facilitate border people who constituted the first line of defence. He said that BRO had constructed 27 bridges in this parliamentary constituency – the highest number of bridges in any parliamentary constituency of the country, to provide connectivity to people of this border district where BJP’s founder leader Shyama Prasad Mukherjee had also sacrificed his life. Enlisting achievements of Modi led governments, Dr Jitendra said that the central government had been very generous towards demands of border people of his constituency as elsewhere in J&K. “We got everything we demanded – this approach itself indicates Modi led government’s focus on J&K’s development and welfare of its people,” he said. He also extended his gratitude to the Defence Minister for sparing time out of his busy schedule to inaugurate these bridges along the International Border.
Dr Jitendra said that Ujh Bridge would provide alternate connectivity during cross border firing and would make life easier for the villagers in the rainy season. He congratulated to all who were present that their long-pending demand was realized.
He recalled that apart from this bridge, community and Individual bunkers in border areas, Seema Bhavan, enhancement in SPOs wages, strengthening VDCs and increasing livestock insurance during border skirmishes were few other initiatives which were undertaken during Rajnath Singh`s previous tenure as Home Minister to facilitate border dwellers.
Lt Gen Harpal Singh, DGBR, underlined the contribution of BRO to the nation in far flung areas of the country under extremely difficult and harsh conditions. Admiring the contribution of Project Sampark and congratulating all the employees associated with this project, he offered his sincere thanks to Defence Minister, MoS in PMO, Chief of Army Staff and other dignitaries and locals for their support for completion of the projects. He said that that longest Ujh bridge constructed by BRO was completed in time despite firing from Pakistan side, rains and inclement weather conditions. He said ten more bridges would be constructed to complete connectivity circuit and it would be done in stipulated period.
The bridge inauguration events were also attended by IGP Jammu zone Manish Sinha, DC Kathua Dr Raghav Langer, SSP Kathua Sridhar Patil, DC Samba Sushma Chauhan, SSP Samba, former legislators of besides many other army and civil administration dignitaries.



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