BRO entrusted with constructing new roads in border areas
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BRO entrusted with constructing new roads in border areas
BRO entrusted with constructing new roads in border areas

In the order to boost the infrastructure development in the borders with China and Pakistan, the government has entrusted the Border Road Organisation (BRO) for construction/ improvement in the border areas.

With the mission ‘To support the armed forces meet their strategic needs by committed, dedicated and cost effective development and sustenance of the infrastructure’, the BRO is assign to construct/ repair an overall 519 roads with a total length of 22225.17 kilometres.

The state of Jammu and Kashmir being connected to both Pakistan and China with LC and LAC respectively has the highest share of work with a total number of 231 roads measuring 7122.47 kilometres followed by Arunachal Pradesh with 5267.51 kilometres, Rajasthan with 2621.02 kilometres, Sikkim with 910.17 kilometres, Punjab with 276.68 kilometres and Tripura with 201.04 kilometres. Whereas no road project is assigned in Uttar Pradesh.

In addition, four strategic railway lines, Misamari (Bhalukpong)-Tenga-Tawang, Phasighat-Parsuramkund-Rupai, Bilaspur-Mandi-Manali-Leh to be connected to Pathankot, North Lakhimpur-Bame (Along)-Silapathar, for construction and final location survey by ministry of railways, have been approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security.

There are certain setbacks in execution of road projects mainly due to delay in forest/wildlife clearance, hard rock stretches, limited working season, difficulties in availability of construction materials, delay in land acquisition.

In order to boost the workflow of BRO and remove the hurdles the government has constituted an Empowered Committee to resolve the issues pertaining to Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Outsourcing has been allowed to augment the capacity and Long Term Roll on Works Plan (LTRoWP) and Long Term Equipment Plan (LTEP) have been approved

The executives of BRO are also being given enhanced financial and administrative power to overcome the setbacks.


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