Indian Borders safe under Modi: Jitendra

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Jammu, Mar 8: Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh on said that the Indian borders are safe under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and, the war against militancy and its perpetrators will be carried to its logical conclusion.
“This is for the first time in several years, Pakistan and its sympathizers within India have had the taste of a decisive action under the leadership of Modi,” said Dr Singh while addressing a gathering through video conferencing after formally he inaugurated and dedicated to the public, the crucial Beini Bridge in Hiranagar sector, located at a distance of less than 5 kms from the International Border (IB) in Kathua district.
While the bridge will facilitate vital connectivity link in the border villages close to IB, it also has a huge strategic importance from the security point of view.
The bridge was originally scheduled to be inaugurated by Minister of Defence, Nirmala Sitharaman yesterday, but the programme was cancelled in view of the bomb blast at Jammu Bus Stand.
Later, an electronic inauguration from New Delhi was planned, but the Minister of Defence had to leave for Northeast for an important engagement.
Finally, the e-inauguration was done by Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh who was accompanied by Director General BRO Lt. Gen. Harpal Singh. Constructed at a cost of Rs.30 crore, this is India’s first bridge built by BRO using the new “segment” technique.
Lauding the courage and valour of the people living in the border areas, Dr Jitendra Singh described them as 24x7x365, round-the-clock first line of defence in India.
He said, people living in border areas deserve the same kind of reverence as the Army personnel because these civilian residents also endure the enemies cross-firing, but stay put where they are.
He referred to several border-friendly measures undertaken in the last five years, including construction of bunkers, Seema Bhavans,600 Sulabh toilets complete with construction, 4 per cent reservation for IB, etc.
Complimenting BRO, Dr Singh described the Beini bridge as yet another monumental creation after Atal Setu in Basohli, which is the North India’s first-ever cable bridge and was also completed before time.
In addition, he said, in the last few years, BRO has undertaken the construction of nearly 20 bridges in this area, many of which are already complete or nearing completion.