NEW DELHI, June 25: Lt. Gen. Harpal Singh, who recently took over as Director General of Border Road Organization (BRO) briefed Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh about the various road and bridge projects in Udhampur and Kathua sector. The Minister also shared with the BRO chief, some of his own observations and inputs regarding the BRO projects in the area.
Dr Jitendra Singh urged upon Gen. Harpal Singh to expedite the work on the widening and upgradation of the crucial “Dhar” Road and also insisted on the early execution of the bridge at Military Hospital Chowk in the Devika area of Udhampur city. He also suggested the construction of Foot Over-Bridges at busy Chowks / crossings in Udhampur city, to which BRO chief assured to take necessary action.
During the meeting, Gen. Harpal Singh informed Dr Jitendra Singh that at least four bridges under construction by BRO will be complete before the end of this year or early 2019. These, he said, included 300 meter Tarnah-II Bridge under construction on Chankatriyan-Kattal-Gujran-Londi-Bobiya road and scheduled to be completed by the year end. Another bridge, namely 1000 meter Ujh bridge, under construction on Parole-Korepannu-Rajpura is also scheduled to be completed by early next year, which will be followed by the completion 617 meter Basantar Bridge, under construction Rajpura-Madwal-Pangduar road.
The 331 meter Bein Bridge is almost 80% complete and will be ready by October this year, he said, while 160 meter Tarnah-I Bridge is likely to be completed in the first quarter of next year.
About the works planned for taking up in near future, Dr Jitendra Singh was briefed about 250 meter bridge over Tarna on Parmanand-Taragarh-NJS Parole link which is scheduled to commence construction in December this year. Similarly, along the Parole-Korepannu-Rajpura route, a 90 meter multi-cell Box Bridge over Banigari Nallah as well as 120 meter Saniyal Nallah Bridge are scheduled to commence work in October this year, while along the same route a 250 meter Bana Chak Nallah Bridge is likely to commence work in early next year.
Dr Jitendra Singh called for expeditious execution of all the works and also advised closer coordination of BRO with the civilian administration as well as the local population. He recalled that there was some delay in works on account of issues like forest clearance, land acquisition, etc. but most of these constraints have now been overcome.