New Delhi. 08 July 2020. The state of forward connectivity to border areas, consistent need of boosting the ongoing projects and speeding of the construction of strategic roads, bridges and tunnels in the border areas is priority for India . The Border Roads has executed 30 per cent more works in financial year (FY) 2019-20 as compared to FY 2018-19.
Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a high level meeting to review the progress of various infrastructure projects under construction in border areas. The meeting was also attended by Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and other senior officials of the Ministry.
The BRO has worked incessantly even during the restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 without affecting the progress of various projects. Despite unprecedented snowfall, breaking 60 year old record, all strategic passes and roads were cleared this year for traffic about one month before their average yearly opening dates. The Border Roads executed snow clearance works on 149 roads (of 3,965 kilometres) in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. This ensured rapid and early movement of troops and logistics to forward areas.
While complementing the BRO for its achievements, the Minister exhorted it to continue its work to achieve even greater laurels. The Border Roads has also inducted latest equipment and machines and has introduced modern construction methods after successful trials to expedite works on surfacing with cementations base, use of plastics, geotextiles, etc and various techniques for slope stabilisation. Trials have also been carried out successfully for indigenously produced modular bridges in collaboration with Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE) and this will revolutionise the bridge laying capabilities in forward areas.