Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 28
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday laid the foundation stone for the construction of two underpasses at Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun.
Once completed, the underpasses will fuse the north, central and south campuses of the IMA into one integrated unit.
The project would also permit uninterrupted flow of traffic on National Highway-72, which would no longer have to be crossed by gentlemen cadets and staff of the IMA when they move between various training facilities, according to an official statement.
The inauguration was done electronically from New Delhi and was e-witnessed by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Army Training Command Lt Gen Raj Shukla.
The stone was physically laid on behalf of the Defence Minister by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat along with Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash, IMA Commandant Lt Gen Jaiveer Singh Negi, IMA Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor Maj Gen Jagjit Singh Mangat and General Officer Commanding Uttarakhand sub-area Maj Gen RS Thakur.
The project, which was originally conceived way back in 1978, fulfils the dual aim of ameliorating incessant traffic jams on the Chakrata Road stretch of the national highway and enhancing the security set-up of IMA. The underpasses are planned to be constructed by the National Highways Authority of India within a span of two years at an approximate cost of 45 crore.