Border Roads Organisation Current Affairs - 2020

Defence Minister inaugurates Sisseri River Bridge in East Siang

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the Sisseri River Bridge at Lower Dibang Valley in East Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh. The bridge will play an important role in the overall development of the area and will immensely contributes to the socio-economic development of the region.

About Sisseri River Bridge

It is a 200-metre long bridge between Jonai-Pasighat-Ranaghat-Roing road and would cut down the travel time from Pasighat to Roing by about 5 hours. The bridge provides connectivity to Tinsukia via Dhola-Sadia bridge. It will also provide connectivity between Dibang Valley and Siang to meet long-pending demand of people of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Sisseri River bridge was constructed by Project Brahmank of Border Roads Organisation (BRO). BRO has four projects in Arunachal Pradesh namely Arunank, Vartak, Brahmank and Udayak to maintain and develop the difficult geographical terrain and strategically important area.

Importance: This bridge will be a part of Trans Arunachal Highway and is also strategically important from a military viewpoint and moreover, infrastructural upgradation is necessary for the security of the North-East as well as the entire country.

Other Infrastructure Projects undertaken by Centre in Arunachal Pradesh: operationalised Pasighat airport, the proposed: Bhalukpong – Tenga – Tawang railway line, Hollongi airport and Sela Pass tunnel. Government is also committed to establish strong and efficient roadways, railways, airways, waterways and digital network in the region. Moreover, government’s Act East Policy would also open new doors of rapid infrastructural development in North-East region of country, but especially in Arunachal Pradesh as it would also act as a bridge between India and South-East Asian countries.

Project Sampark: Defence Minister inaugurates Ujh and Basantar Bridges in J&K

Union Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh inaugurated 1 km long Ujh bridge in Kathua district and 617.40 m long Basantar bridge in Samba district of Jammu & Kashmir. Both of these bridges have been constructed by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) under 69 RCC/13 BRTF of Project Sampark.

Key Highlights

Ujh bridge (1 Km long): is longest bridge constructed by BRO and was completed within scheduled time. It also holds distinction for being bridge where technology of Pre Cast Segmental br with 60 m spans was used. It has been constructed at a cost of nearly Rs.50 crore. It is located on Parole-Korepannu-Rajpura road over UjhNallah.

Basantar bridge: It has been constructed at a total cost of about Rs.41.7 crore. It is located on Rajpura–Madwal–Pangadur–Phulpur road over BasantarNallah.

These bridges will usher in vast improvement in connectivity of roads and bridges in border areas as they will provide smooth connectivity and are also vital for Indian Army for deployment on border areas.

These bridges will also be a big relief for local people of border villages of Kathua and Samba sector as road connectivity to these areas used to get disrupted during Monsoon.

About Project Sampark

It was raised by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in 1975 with its Headquarters at Jammu.

Geography: It has an area of responsibility from Pir Panjal Range (in north) to Pathankot (in south) and from Poonch (in west) to Dalhousie (in east), covering about 2200 km of road network.

BRO has been rendering its services via construction and maintenance of roads and bridges in border areas thereby fulfilling strategic needs of Defence Forces.