Pratham-Shyok Bridge In Leh, Sitharaman Inaugurates

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Jammu: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the Pratham-Shyok bridge that will link Leh to Karakoram, providing connectivity on the strategically important Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Olde axis for military transport.

Addressing the officers and personnel of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), the defence minister, who is on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, said the construction of bridges and roads at such high-altitude terrain was nothing short of a miracle.

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The state-of-the-art bridge is a major development on the Shyok Gong river which will enhance travel of locals as well as the Army in this strategic region. It will increase travel and communication for strategic transport, the minister said.

She said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the central government fully supported the jawans who protect the nation under all circumstances.

While lauding the BRO and its men for working in a difficult terrain and hostile circumstances, Sitharaman said the organisation not only connected people of remote hamlets, but also provided connectivity for the Army in strategic locations.

She said constructing roads and bridges in difficult terrains would help in development and progress of the nation and its people.