Srinagar, May 20: The Project Beacon celebrated its 58th Raising Day here today which large number of dignitaries of Army and civil administration participated.
Chief Engineer Project Beacon Brigadier AK Das while addressing a function felicitated the personnel for their outstanding contribution in providing road connectivity in the nook and corner of the State.
Chief Engineer while referring to the achievements said that the Project has created and is maintaining roads in the most hostile terrain at an altitude of over 10,000 feet and the construction and maintenance is itself a big challenge for the Project.
While expressing his satisfaction, he said the project has rendered a yeoman’s service in ensuring access to strategic military areas as well as connecting people of Jammu & Kashmir which according to him has cemented a special bond between Project Beacon, people and the armed forces.
Earlier, Chief Engineer laid the wreath at the Beacon Memorial and paid homage to the hundreds of martyrs who sacrifices their lives in the construction and maintenance of roads in hostile environment. Chief Engineer appreciated the spirit of jawans for their tireless efforts in bringing connectivity to unconnected areas.
“The Project was raised on May 16, 1960 exclusively for development of road communication in the Jammu and Kashmir and at present about 1500 kilometer of road network is being looked after by the project,” Chief Engineer added.
Chief Engineer asserted that today the Project has attained a respected name by virtue of connecting hostile terrains and passes with the hinterland. He said that it gives him and his fellow personnel an immense pleasure to connect the Leh, Kargil and Gurez valley back to the mainland after remaining cut off for five months due to heavy snow at Zozilla and Razdan pass.
Emphasizing the jawans to maintain high standards of professional competent Chief Engineer said the coming days more milestones shall be achieved with same zest and zeal with the construction of new road networks in rather impossible areas which could shrink the distances and bring prosperity to the region.