Dedicated 75 infrastructure projects to the nation at a cost of Rs 2,180 crore.
Strategically important Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim will benefit
A total of 75 projects have 45 bridges, 27 roads, two helipads and a ‘carbon neutral habitat’
New Delhi: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday dedicated 75 infrastructure projects, including bridges, roads and helipads, to the nation in the strategically important Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim at a cost of Rs 2,180 crore. They Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie (DS-DBO) These projects were inaugurated at a program organized on the route. This route will provide connectivity to the far northern outpost of Daulat Beg Oldi in eastern Ladakh.
The Defense Ministry said that during the event, a 120-metre-long ‘Class-70 Shyok Setu’ was inaugurated on the DS-DBO road at an altitude of 14,000 feet. The ministry said that this bridge is of strategic importance as it will facilitate the movement of goods of the armed forces. Other projects that Singh inaugurated digitally are the helipads at Hanle and Thakung in eastern Ladakh.
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These helipads will enhance the operational capabilities of the IAF in the region. Singh also inaugurated the remaining projects through digital medium. A total of 75 projects have 45 bridges, 27 roads, two helipads and one ‘carbon neutral habitat’ and are spread over six states and two union territories. There are 20 projects in Jammu and Kashmir, 18 each in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh, five in Uttarakhand and 14 in the border states of Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan.
Speaking on the occasion, the Defense Minister reiterated the Government’s commitment to ensure progress in remote areas to meet the security needs of the country. Singh mentioned that the development of infrastructure to suit the needs of the armed forces was the main factor that helped India effectively deal with the recent situation in the northern sector. He said this while clearly referring to the Indian military’s response to the Chinese army’s aggressive behavior in eastern Ladakh.
He said that these bridges, roads and helipads will facilitate military and civilian transport in remote areas of the western, northern and north-east parts of the country and will form a part of the development chain. He said, “The remote areas will soon be connected with the rest of the country and together we will take the nation to new heights of progress.” BRO (Border Roads Organisation) has an important role to play in achieving this goal.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : October 28, 2022, 18:26 IST