Project Sampark | UPSC

Project Sampark UPSC

Project Sampark | UPSC

      HEADLINES:

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh e-inaugurates six strategic bridges in Jammu & Kashmir

      WHY IN NEWS:

It is apparent that there has been a major surge in outcomes delivered by the BRO in the last few years.

MINISTRY? :-Ministry of Defence
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Defence

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS we have mentioned the bridges in this article . Map them now !

For MAINS note down importance of these projects .

      ISSUE: 

Ushering in a new revolution in the connectivity of roads and bridges in sensitive border areas close to the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh dedicated six major bridges to the nation .

PROJECT SAMPARK : BRO

These bridges constructed by Project Sampark of the BRO will facilitate movement of Armed Forces in this strategically important sector .   

  • This will also contribute towards the overall economic growth of remote border areas.
  • These bridges of strategic importance were completed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in a record time.

BRIDGES

The two bridges on the Tarnah Nallah in Kathua District and four bridges located on Akhnoor-Pallanwala road in Akhnoor/Jammu district have spans ranging from 30 to 300 metres and were constructed at a total cost of Rs 43 crores.

OTHER BRIDGES CONSTRUCTED BY BRO

  • UJH BRIDGE (1 KM LONG): This is the longest bridge constructed by BRO and was completed within scheduled time.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 .
  • ZANSKAR BRIDGE : Zanskar Bridge on Road Nimmu-Padam-Darcha under Project Vijayak in Ladakh.

SUCCESS OF BRO

This is evident from the fact that BRO has executed about 30 per cent more works in the financial year (FY) 2019-20 as compared to FY 2018-19.

  • BUDGETARY SUPPORT : This has happened because of adequate budgetary support from the Government and due to the effect of structural reforms and focussed/dedicated efforts by the BRO.
  • RISE IN ANNUAL BUDGET : The annual budget of the BRO that varied from Rs 3,300 crore to Rs 4,600 crore in the FY 2008-2016, saw a substantial rise to Rs 8,050 crore in FY 2019-2020.
  • INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS : With focus of the Government in improving infrastructure in border areas, the budget for FY 2020-2021 is likely to be Rs 11,800 crore.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

This will give a major boost to ongoing projects and will expedite the construction of strategic roads, bridges and tunnels along our northern borders.

  • Roads and bridges are the lifeline of any nation and play a vital role in the socio-economic development of far flung regions.
  • Roads in the border areas are not only strategic strengths, but also act to connect remote areas with the mainstream.
     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | Project Sampark | UPSC

 

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