NEW DELHI: India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday while inaugurating 27 projects constructed by the Border Roads Organisation spoke about the need to develop border areas in “today’s uncertain environment when the possibility of any kind of conflict cannot be ruled out.”
“In the present uncertain environment, the possibility of any kind of conflict cannot be ruled out. Such situations motivate us even more for the development of these (border) areas. It is a matter of pride that we have BRO for cooperation in the development of these areas, as an efficient and dedicated organization,” said Singh. “There are some special needs which need to be taken care of in the process of developing border areas, we paid attention to those needs and worked on them at the ground level. We saw that capital infusion is needed in these areas, which cannot be possible without connectivity,” added Singh.
Singh in his address talked about the importance of connectivity and roads in the process of developing nations and communities.
Defence Minister shared the fact that a road built by BRO at an altitude of 19000 feet on the Umling-La pass in southern Ladakh is the world’s highest motorable road.
“The road built at an altitude of 19000 feet on the Umling-La pass in southern Ladakh, has now become the world’s highest motorable road. This road will not only facilitate faster dispatch of armed forces but also give a boost to tourism in the region,” said Singh
Connecting the importance of roads in the development of human civilization, Minister said “If we look at the history of human civilization, then we will find that only those communities, societies or nations have been able to show the world a way, that had developed their own paths (roads) firmly.”
“In today’s era, distance is not measured in kilometres, but in hours. BRO’s roads, tunnels and bridges have reduced the distance and time between places today,” he added.
Defence Minister also dedicated 24 bridges in the service of the nation in the event which he attended online.
Nine of those bridges are in Jammu and Kashmir, five each in Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh, Three in Uttarakhand and one each in Arunachal Pradesh and Flag-Hill-Dokla Road in Sikkim.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday charged Pakistan and asked why it was trying to destabilise and divide India. He also lauded security forces for foiling such designs.
He inaugurated various developmental projects at a gathering in the Dondaicha area of Dhule (Maharashtra).
Addressing the gathering, Rajnath Singh took a jibe at Pakistan by saying, “I want to ask our neighbouring country as to why they want to destabilise, divide our country? Earlier, there was no airstrike, surgical strike but we did and gave a message that we can kill terrorists in our territory and across the border also.”
The Union Minister also spoke about the developments in the political sphere in the country.
“Due to differences in the words and deeds of politicians, people started losing trust in politicians. Our government accepted this as a challenge and are working to end it. We do what we say,” said the Union Minister.
On December 12, Singh had said, “Pakistan wants to break India by promoting terrorism and the Indian security forces foiled these plans in 1971 and now work is going on to eliminate terrorism from the root.”
Defence Minister had pointed out that a neighbouring country is continuously fighting a proxy war with India.
“This war also tells us that the partition of India on the basis of religion was a historical mistake. Pakistan was born in the name of one religion but it could not remain one. After the defeat of 1971, our neighbouring country is continuously fighting a proxy war in India,” he had said. (ANI)