Rajnath Singh, the defence minister, will gather soldiers in Siachen to celebrate Holi.
Rajnath Singh, the defence minister, will gather soldiers in Siachen to celebrate Holi.

12 September, New Delhi, India (ANI): At a ceremony scheduled on Tuesday at Devak Bridge in Jammu, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will officially open and dedicate 90 infrastructure projects to the nation that Border Road Organisation (BRO) built at a cost of Rs 2941 crore.

The projects have been built in ten border States and UTs of the Northern and North-Eastern regions, according to an official statement.


Rajnah Singh will formally open 22 roads, 63 bridges, the Nechiphu Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh, two airfields in West Bengal, and two helipads during a ceremony hosted by the Border Roads Organisation at Devak Bridge in Jammu and Kashmir.

With the aid of cutting-edge technology, the BRO built several of these crucial strategic projects in a single working season, finishing them in a record amount of time.

11 of these projects have been completed, 26 in Ladakh, 36 in Arunachal Pradesh, 5 in Mizoram, 3 in Himachal Pradesh, 2 in Sikkim, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal, and 1 each in Nagaland, Rajasthan, and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

At a cost of Rs 2229 crore, 102 BRO infrastructure projects were dedicated to the nation in 2021.

In addition, the Defence Minister will take part in the North Tech Symposium, which Northern Command and IIT Jammu are hosting.

According to a senior BRO official, the 500 m long Nechiphu Tunnel on the Balipara-Charduar-Tawang Road in Arunachal Pradesh will be officially opened as another significant infrastructure project.

This tunnel, coupled with the already under construction Sela Tunnel, will provide year-round accessibility to the important Tawang area. Both the military personnel stationed there and visitors to the pristine Tawang will benefit from this.

Bagdogra and Barrackpore Airfields in West Bengal will also be reopened and renovated on Tuesday. At a cost of Rs 529 crore, these airfields have been successfully rebuilt by BRO.

These airfields will allow commercial aviation operations in the area while also enhancing the defensive and offensive architecture of the Indian Airforce around the northern borders.

Additionally, the union minister will conduct an electronic shilanyash at Nyoma Airfield in Ladakh. The Rs 218 crore Nyoma Airfield in Eastern Ladakh will be built for a variety of strategic aviation assets.

The development of this airstrip, according to the official, “will significantly improve Ladakh’s air infrastructure and increase IAF capability along our Northern Borders.” (ANI)



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