New Delhi (NVI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today inaugurated a webinar on Atal Rohtang Tunnel organized by Border Road Organization and lauded the efforts of BRO team during 2020, amidst COVID-19 challenges.
During the inauguration, Singh appreciated BRO engineers for building this engineering marvel despite many technical challenges amid COVID-19 restrictions, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
He cited the example of Seri Nalla, a fault Zone, which posed a serious challenge to even engineers from foreign countries.
“But our engineers succeeded in overcoming the Seri Nalla challenge,” Defence Minister said, adding that for building such a great structure like Atal Tunnel not just bricks and mortar but the spirit of the national pride is of paramount importance.
Singh also recalled various past achievements of Indian scientists and engineers and said they have always shown their prowess in various streams.
Praising the AtmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, Singh stated, to overcome the COVID-19 challenges, “we were able to quickly mobilize our resources to produce PPE kits, masks, sanitizers etc. not only for our domestic requirements but also for supplying to other countries.”
He said government has given high priority to the development of border areas and BRO deployed 67 per cent of its workforce in northern borders.
Further, lauding the BRO’s efforts and achievements during 2020, amidst COVID-19 restrictions, Defence Minister said there had been no cut in BRO budget.
At the event, Singh also released a compendium documents listing the experiences and challenges encountered during the construction of the largest tunnel of 9.020 km in the World above 3000 meter elevation.
BRO organized a webinar to disseminate the experiences gained on this tunnel, for the benefit of IITs, NITs and other technical institutions, the statement said.
“Inaugurating the Atal Rohtang Tunnel on October 3, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had suggested that such a compendium be brought out for the benefit of students and professionals of engineering institutes,” it added.
This webinar will further enhance knowledge of all the faculty members and aspiring students, especially of final term students in tackling future challenges in tunnel construction, while more than 1,000 people have participated in the webinar, the ministry noted.
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief General MM Naravane, Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and DG BRO Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhry also attended the inaugural event.