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Bridge blown up in '71 war restored in Punjab

IANS  |  Ferozepur (Punjab) 

A strategically important bridge in Punjab's district was on Sunday dedicated to the nation by Defence Sitharaman -- 47 years after the old one was blown off in the 1971 India-war.

The 280-feet-long bridge connects connects with Hussainiwala barrage on the on the old

It is the only lifeline for the residents of nearly 10 villages and connects Hussainiwala enclave with the outside world.

After the 1971 war, a Bailey bridge was set up by the to restore road communication in the area.

"To replace the old bridge, Project Chetak was launched and the entrusted with the task of constructing a permanent bridge, which has since been completed," a said here.

Sitharaman said that the bridge -- with RCC decking over -- will be useful not only to the Indian armed forces but also the local population.

She pointed out that Hussainiwala is a historic place connected to martyrs Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru and many other war heroes. The later visited the Hussainiwala Shaheed Smarak to pay homage to the martyrs.

Commander-in-Chief, Lt Gen Surinder Singh, and Lt Gen Harpal Singh, of the BRO, were present on the occasion.



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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 20:52 IST