India, China standoff: DG BRO visits strategic Ladakh region


Amid heightened tension between the armed forces of India and China over Doklam in Sikkim, the Director General of Border Roads Organisation (BRO), Thursday visited Ladakh to inspect the strategic roads in the region.

Lt Gen S K Shrivastava, visited Ladakh to take stock of the construction activities of the various  strategic road network  maintained and constructed by the Project Himank, a statement issued by the BRO said here.

The DG’s visit began on July 18 and on the first day he undertook a detailed inspection of seven operationally, strategically and administratively critical roads spanning a length of approximately 650 Km in Eastern Ladakh region, the statement added.

 The visit of the DG to the Cold desert assumes significance at a time when the relations between China and India are strained over the troop movement in Doklam area in Sikkim. Ladakh is the most strategic region for India as it borders the country with China.

 Pertinently, the DG interacted with Chief Executive Councilor, Leh Autonomous Hill Development Council, and General Officer Commanding 14 Corps to discuss various issues involved with development of road communication network required for meeting the development of the region.

The Chief Engineer project Himank, Brig D M Purvimath apprised the General about various measures taken by the Project Himank in maintaining a strategic link with those areas which have yet to be connected via a formal road network.

He held a detailed review of the operational requirement of defence forces and assured of all possible efforts from BRO in this direction, the statement said.

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