To provide quick access to troops and supplies towards the LAC, two strategic bridges were inaugurated in eastern Arunachal Pradesh this week. These bridges will open another way to LAC. Moreover, 150 strategic bridges are aligned to construct along with these two bridges. The area where bridges are to construct is needed the construction of the bridges because the area is prevalent in rivers.
These bridges will ensure the connectivity to the strategic roads along the LAC in the state all over the year. As due to heavy rains, borders regions gets cut off. In the neighboring state of Sikkim after the Dokalam stand-off, similar border infrastructure is also being done.
Bridges in Arunachal Pradesh:
There are 410 strategic bridges are being constructed for better connectivity to the 3440 km long LAC from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh by The Border Road Organization. Out of 410, there are 144 bridges are being done in the state itself. 75 are under construction process and are expected to be made by 2020.
Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State Defence inaugurated the 300 m long Deopani bridge in AP on 12 December which is situated over Deopani River in Ro-ing-Hunli road and links Lower Dibang valley. This bridge will connect north to Mipi and Dembuen at the LAC.
The state defence minister also inaugurated Injupani bridge in Lower Dibang Valley between Roing and Payam. In May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Tinsukia-Roing road bridge.
As per the official, “Merely having the Dhola Sadiya bridge for connectivity in the region was not enough, therefore the Deopani Bridge among others had to be constructed.”
Currently, a 5.7 km long bridge is under construction and is expected to be completed by March 2018 which will connect Pasighat and Roing. With this bridge, Pasighat will get connected to Dibrugarh, Assam by the Bogibeel Bridge across the Brahmaputra.
Another official said, “So it’s s loop connecting Lower Dibang and Upper Dibang with East Siang and Assam.” Also, 20 bridges are connecting Dibang and the Eastern neighboring district Lohit. BRO says only one bridge is left to be completed which will be completed by March.
The border areas of Lohit and Anjaw are connected through the Alubarighat Bridge which is situated west of Upper Siang along with border LAC.
The area located at LAC Pangin and Gelling will be connected by 12 bridges. In West Siang, 12 bridges are under construction from Along to Yorlung. There are 12 bridges in Daporijo of Siang district. 15 bridges are under construction from Balipara in Assam up to Tawang in Western Arunachal.
Another official said, “The infrastructure development here has taken off at a fast pace in past few months. Work is also going on at a strategic location in North Sikkim and nearby areas.”
On the other hand, in J& K there are about 100 bridges are under construction. Also, 25 bridges in Himachal Pradesh and 55 Uttarakhand are under process. As per the statement of an official, “Out of the 410 bridges having a length of 22 km, 150 are under construction and we are completing 3 km length of bridges every year.,”
These are two-laned road bridges and of class 70 which is capable of bearing heavy loads as tanks. By the construction of these bridges, connectivity and movement will be increased. The construction of bridges has been seeing unfavorable conditions from limited working periods due to weather and to dealing with construction issues.