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Arunachal CM inaugurates bridge over River Subansiri through video conferencing, lauds BRO

Arunachal CM inaugurates bridge over River Subansiri through video conferencing, lauds BRO

| @indiablooms | 20 Apr 2020, 01:24 pm

Itanagar/UNI: Amid COVID-19 lockdown, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday inaugurated the revamped bridge over River Subansiri at Daporijo in Upper Subansiri district albeit through video conferencing.

The bridge has been named after martyr Hangpan Dada, who laid down his life fighting terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir and was posthumously awarded  Ashok Chakra.

The said bridge was in a dilapidated condition and movement of vehicles over it was restricted owing to huge risk of it collapsing anytime.

Besides being the only line of communication to Daporijo and other villages located on the other side of Subansiri River, it also connects the Siang belt with Upper Subansiri.

The state Government had taken up the issue of reconstruction of the bridge with the Government of India.

The reconstruction work was subsequently entrusted to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) under Project ARUNANK, which after taking over from state PWD started works from March 17.

Lauding the BRO, Khandu said despite various problems faced due to national ‘lockdown’ owing to COVID-19 outbreak, the premier construction organisation took up the construction work at war footing and within a short period of around one month, completed project.

He also commended the district administration for extending excellent co-operation to the BRO in completion of the bridge.

"Now that this strategic 430 feet multi span bridge is completed, hassle free communication is restored to Daporijo and around 451 villages as well as all the forward locations along LAC where our security forces are deployed,” Khandu said.

The CM expressed special gratitude to the Director General, Project ARUNANK Chief Engineer Brig A S Chonker, Commander 23 BRTF Col Satyan Sundaran and OC 77 RCC  PN Sahu for their prompt and personal interest in carrying out the construction work.

He also appreciated the decision taken by Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar and Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Kanto Danggen to allow BRO to carry out the construction work amid the lockdown.

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