Basantar bridge Current Affairs - 2019
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Union Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh inaugurated 1 km long Ujh bridge in Kathua district and 617.40 m long Basantar bridge in Samba district of Jammu & Kashmir. Both of these bridges have been constructed by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) under 69 RCC/13 BRTF of Project Sampark.
Ujh bridge (1 Km long): is longest bridge constructed by BRO and was completed within scheduled time. It also holds distinction for being bridge where technology of Pre Cast Segmental br with 60 m spans was used. It has been constructed at a cost of nearly Rs.50 crore. It is located on Parole-Korepannu-Rajpura road over UjhNallah.
Basantar bridge: It has been constructed at a total cost of about Rs.41.7 crore. It is located on Rajpura–Madwal–Pangadur–Phulpur road over BasantarNallah.
These bridges will usher in vast improvement in connectivity of roads and bridges in border areas as they will provide smooth connectivity and are also vital for Indian Army for deployment on border areas.
These bridges will also be a big relief for local people of border villages of Kathua and Samba sector as road connectivity to these areas used to get disrupted during Monsoon.
About Project Sampark
It was raised by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in 1975 with its Headquarters at Jammu.
Geography: It has an area of responsibility from Pir Panjal Range (in north) to Pathankot (in south) and from Poonch (in west) to Dalhousie (in east), covering about 2200 km of road network.
BRO has been rendering its services via construction and maintenance of roads and bridges in border areas thereby fulfilling strategic needs of Defence Forces.