Thursday, 04 August 2022 | Pradeep Bhandari | Joshimath
At a time when the Central Government is focusing on roads and other other infrastructural developments in the border areas, the construction of a bridge across the Dhauliganga river near the Indo-China border region in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district has been pending completion for more than a decade. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has taken more than 14 years for the task with the construction of the bridge yet to be completed. Officials of the organisation state that the construction of this bridge will be completed by the end of this year.
The bridge constructed at Suraitota in 1962 is being used till today for travelling to and from the border region. The construction of a new bridge across the Dhauliganga river on the Malari motor road here was started about 14 years ago during 2008 but has been stalled for the past many years due to “technical snags”. It is pertinent to mention here that Suraitota is the last inhabited village during the winters in this high altitude region. The construction of the bridge began here about 14 years ago but has been left incomplete after initial construction. When asked about this bridge, the BRO commander Manish Kapil said that the construction of this bridge will be completed by the end of this year. He did not elaborate when asked about the reason for the delay in construction of the bridge.