ITANAGAR, April 20 - The Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu, today inaugurated the �revamped� bridge over the Subansiri at Daporijo in Upper Subansiri district through video- conferencing.
The bridge will facilitate unhindered movement towards the India-Tibet border.
This 430-feet multi-span bridge, the only line of surface communication to Daporijo and other villages located on the other side of the Subansiri river was in a dilapidated condition and movement of vehicles over it was restricted owing to huge risk of it collapsing anytime.
The State Government had taken up the issue of reconstruction of the bridge with the Govt of India. The reconstruction work was subsequently entrusted to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) under Project Arunank, which after taking over from the State PWD started work from March 17.
Lauding the BRO, Khandu said despite various problems faced due to the national lockdown owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, the premier construction organisation took up the work on a war footing and completed the project within one month.
�A commendable effort by BRO in completing the bridge�s reconstruction work during the lockdown following all safety guidelines,� the Chief Minister tweeted. He also commended the Upper Subansiri district administration for extending cooperation 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 the LOC where our security forces are deployed,� Khandu said.
The Chief Minister also extended gratitude to the Director General Border Roads (DGBR) Lt. Gen Harpal Singh and his officers, including Project Arunank Chief Engineer Brig AS Chonker, Commander 23 BRTF Col Satyan Sundaran and OC of 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 DC Kanto Danggen to allow BRO to carry out the construction work amidst the lockdown.
The bridge has been named after martyr Hangpan Dada, who had laid down his life fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir and was posthumously awarded Ashok Chakra, the country�s highest peacetime gallantry award.