New Delhi, 07 May: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that the presence of Chinese troops in the northern region has increased in recent times as they reach very quickly due to their expertise in the construction work of mountainous areas. Therefore, the Border Roads Organization (BRO) should also focus on increasing its capacity to continue working parallel to China by using new technology in the border areas. Calling for the development of infrastructure, he said that with the changing times, developing the border area is a part of our defense strategy.

Rajnath Singh was addressing all the ranks of BRO at a program organized to commemorate the 63rd Foundation Day of the organization in New Delhi on Saturday. The Defense Minister said that the development of the border areas will strengthen the security apparatus of the country as well as bring a positive change in the lives of the people living in remote areas. The more empowered the people of the border areas, the more aware and concerned they will be about the security of those areas. So we are committed to develop our border areas with the changing times. Our top priority is to provide maximum facilities to the people working round the clock for the security of the country.

Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt and Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pandey were also present on the occasion.

Singh said that the first project of BRO started with connecting remote villages like ‘Bhalukpong’ and ‘Tenga’ of Arunachal Pradesh. Later on, BRO, which connects the districts, states and provinces, is serving its services in our friendly nations today.

Underlining the importance of roads, bridges and tunnels in the progress of the nation, Defence Minister said that the projects of BRO have improved the socio-economic condition of the frontline people along with enhancing the operational preparedness of the armed forces. Regions like North-East are not only developing themselves but have also become the gateway for all round progress of the country. The development of these regions is also important at the international level because the Northeast region connects India with South Asia and South East Asia.

Director General (DG) Border Roads (DGBR) Lt Gen Rajeev Choudhary called upon the BRO personnel to continue on the path of excellence with renewed vigor and dedication.

He encouraged them to finish some important tunnel and airfield construction projects soon. On the occasion, Rajnath Singh also laid the foundation stone of the housing complex at Todapur for BRO personnel posted in Delhi which will have 323 quarters. Rajnath Singh also launched two softwares- BRO Resource