ROING: Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the 426.60 m long Pre Stressed Concrete Box Girder type Diffo bridge over Diffo river at km 654.950 on Roing - Koronu- Paya road in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday.
Dedicating the bridge to the nation, the Union Defence Minister praised the commendable work being done by Project Udayak, Border Roads Organisation in this region. She appreciated completion of this prestigious bridge which would provide an uninterrupted access between Dibang valley and Lohit valley region of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh and an all-weather road to our troops deployed on the China border, stated a release.
Lt Gen Harpal Singh, AVSM, VSM, Director General Border Roads explained the rigours/hurdles faced by BRO in tough working conditions in an almost inhospitable terrain facing turbulent flash floods and also pointed out that the BRO has sacrificed numerous precious lives in discharging its duties across the length and breadth of country.
Col. Rajeev Dhingra Commander 48 BRTF briefed the Union Minister about the bridge and other works going on in the AOR. Brigadier Rakshvir, Chief Engineer (P) Udayak conveyed his gratitude to Raksha Mantri for sparing her valuable time for inauguration of the bridge, much to the joy of local populace.
Lt Gen MM Naravane, AVSM, SM, VSM GOC-in-C Eastern Command, Lt Gen Rajeev Sirohi, AVSM, VSM GOC Spear Corps, Maj Gen Rajendra Sachdev, GOC Dao Division and Mr Bharat Khera, JS (Air, Ceremonials, BR) were also present on the occasion.
The Raksha Mantri, along with other dignitaries present interacted with Army troops and BRO personnel over a cup of tea, after the dedication ceremony. The ceremony was also attended by Dr Mohesh Chai, Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development, Agriculture and Horticulture, Government of Arunachal Pradesh who praised the contribution of BRO in the development of this area.