Defence Watch Bureau, New Delhi: The most important thing during these lockdown days is to practice social distancing. Following this will naturally slow down your speed towards any job. However, when it comes to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), the story plays out a little different. BRO, despite the lockdown and properly observing social distancing, constructed a Daporijo bridge over Subansiri river on a key road connecting strategic areas in Arunachal Pradesh in the record time of 34 days. The work began on March 17 and the key bridge gets inaugurated on April 20 by the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu via video conferencing.
Daporijo bridge connects the strategic line of Communication in Arunachal Pradesh.
Bridge on Daporijo River is a strategic link towards the LAC between India and China. All supplies, rations, constructional material and medicines pass over this bridge. Old Bridge developed cracks which could lead to a major catastrophe like on July 26, 1992, when a passenger bus fell off the bridge leaving no survivors. With the intervention of DGBR and Chief Eengineer Arunank, expeditious sanctions were obtained from the Ministry of Defence and Arunachal Government. The difficult and dangerous launch was completed in record time adhering to all COVID-19 precautions.
"Work had started for construction of the bridge on March 17, 2020 by 23 BRTF. Finally after 27 days on April 14, 2020 the bridge was jacked down successfully and safely on the supports. It has been successfully upgraded from class 24 tons to class 40 tons thereby allowing heavier vehicles to pass catering for not only Army requirements but the future Infrastructure development requirements of Upper Subansiri district" mentioned a press release issued by the MoD.
Chief Minister of Arunachal Pema Khandu inaugurated it over video conferencing and open for traffic movement from April 20.