A new road in East Sikkim to give fillip to India’s defence preparedness
Gangtok: A new 19.85 km road in East Sikkim, dedicated to the nation today by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, is set to serve as an important link to bolster defence preparedness in the Nathula Sector in particular and in whole of East Sikkim in general.
This alternate alignment of the National Highway 310 from km 0.00 to km 19.350 was necessitated due to the previous alignment having seen extensive damages due to sinking and other natural hazards.
The road is built by Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which over the last some years has undertaken an unprecedented expansion of its capabilities through technology infusion in material, equipment and construction techniques. The Atal Tunnel, DS-DBO Road, the new alignment of the National Highway 310 are the examples of high quality, fast paced results delivered by the BRO towards strategic and operational preparedness.
Reiterating the Centre’s resolve to speed up infrastructure development in align with Prime Minister’s Act North East policy, Singh highlighted the pace at which construction of the alternate alignment, which had been held up since commencement in 2009, and was facilitated over the last two years.
He enumerated the Government’s drive towards progressing infrastructure development in far flung areas not only enhance defence preparedness but also fostering socio-economic development of the region.
The Chief Minister of Sikkim Prem Singh Tamang brought out the positive impact of the new alignment that will be boosting tourism as well as the socio-economic development of the state. Emphasising that tourism is the main bulwark of the state’s economy, the Chief Minister was highly appreciative of the BRO and the Central Government for completing the road expeditiously. Singh too complimented the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) for its unwavering commitment towards delivering outstanding quality infrastructure in record time and optimal costs.
– globalbihari bureau