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Defence minister inaugurates strategically important bridge in Hussainiwala

Press Trust of India  |  Ferozepur (Pb) 

Defence inaugurated today a strategically important bridge in Hussainiwala, which was was blown off during the 1971 Indo-war to stop advance of enemy force's armoured units.

After dedicating the 280-foot-long bridge to the nation, she said it connects Ferozepur with barrage on the

The bridge is the only lifeline for the residents of more than two dozen villages by connecting enclave with the rest of the country, the said.

During the 1971 Indo-war, four spans of the bridge were demolished on the intervening night of December 3 and 4 to stop advance of enemy force's armoured units.

After the war, a bailey bridge was built by the to restore road traffic. To replace this temporary 280-foot-long bailey bridge, construction of a permanent 82.40 metre bridge was entrusted to the (BRO) in 2015.

To enable construction and continuous passage of traffic, a temporary diversion bailey bridge was built by formation engineers in September 2016.

On the occasion, Sitharaman said belongs to freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev who made prime sacrifices for their motherland, which the whole nation can never forget.

The said the soldiers should consider themselves lucky that God has given them an opportunity to perform their duty in such a sacred place.

"I expect that everyone will perform their duties with zeal and courage, and will not allow the enemy to seize even a single inch of the motherland," she said.

Sitharaman also appreciated the efforts made by the BRO and the personnel who completed this bridge before its stipulated deadline

The was accompanied by and senior officials including Lt Gen. Harpal Singh, Director of Lt Gen. Surinder Singh, Army of Lt Gen

She also interacted with various regiments of

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 17:50 IST