New Delhi, Nov 1 (PTI) A two-day seminar on ‘Planning, Design and Construction of Long-span bridges’ began here Thursday, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.Also Read - Only To Curb Trans-Border Crimes: BSF Says Jurisdiction Increased For CrPC Act, Passport Act

The seminar is being organised by the Indian Institute of Bridge Engineers (IIBE) and supported by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). Also Read - Delhi Govt Launches New E-Portal For Self-Assessment of Dust Control Norms | Details Here

It was inaugurated by Minister for Development of North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh. Also Read - Sanitation Worker Injured After Boundary Wall Collapses in Delhi's Rajender Marg

In his inaugural address, Singh said connectivity plays a important role in overall development of a country.

Director General Border Roads (DGBR) Lt Gen Harpal Singh the seminar is aimed to give due boost to the pace of development of infrastructure in the country.

Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Devraj Anbu expressed the need for development of road infrastructure in North and North East of the country for efficient and speedy mobilisation of strategic resources along the border.

Construction of bridges across water bodies having widespread water ways, excessive depths of flow, high velocities of current and bouldery riverbed has always been a challenging task for the fraternity of engineers.

Long span bridges have a significant role to play at such difficult locations especially to facilitate safe and sustainable connectivity with least disturbance to the natural settings of the area and ecology.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.