The Director General of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for developing and maintaining road networks in India’s border regions, has expressed confidence that India will surpass China in terms of border infrastructure within the next two to three years. Lieutenant General Rajeev Chaudhry made these remarks while discussing the ongoing projects in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. This statement comes nearly a week before Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to inaugurate 90 infrastructure projects constructed by the BRO at a cost of ₹2,941 crore across 10 border states and Union Territories.
Lieutenant General Chaudhry elaborated, “Ninety projects are set to be dedicated to the nation on September 12. Among them, 26 are located in Ladakh, and 36 are situated in Arunachal. Our primary focus is on these two states, and we are making substantial progress in these regions, aiming to outpace China within the next two to three years.” This emphasizes the BRO’s commitment to enhancing border infrastructure in these strategic areas.
#WATCH | Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhry, DG, Border Roads Organisation says, “On 12th September, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is going to the Jammu region and will inaugurate and dedicate 90 of our projects which constitute 22 roads, 63 bridges, one tunnel that is in Arunachal and two… pic.twitter.com/rWA0fmWBdy
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The projects set to be inaugurated by Mr. Singh encompass a total of 22 roads, 63 bridges, one tunnel situated in Arunachal Pradesh, and two strategically significant airfields.
“This is a moment of great significance for our nation, as numerous projects are being completed in border areas. These developments are bolstering the security capabilities of our armed forces, allowing them to be deployed closer to the frontlines, ensuring readiness to address any critical situations that may arise,” stated the Army officer.
Additionally, the Defense Minister will virtually lay the foundation (e-shilanyas) for an airfield in Nyoma, located in eastern Ladakh. This airfield is slated for development at a cost of ₹218 crore. Nyoma, situated at an elevation of 13,400 feet, is approximately 46 kilometers from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.