Border Roads Organisation Current Affairs - 2019

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Project Sampark: Defence Minister inaugurates Ujh and Basantar Bridges in J&K

Union Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh inaugurated 1 km long Ujh bridge in Kathua district and 617.40 m long Basantar bridge in Samba district of Jammu & Kashmir. Both of these bridges have been constructed by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) under 69 RCC/13 BRTF of Project Sampark.

Key Highlights

Ujh bridge (1 Km long): is longest bridge constructed by BRO and was completed within scheduled time. It also holds distinction for being bridge where technology of Pre Cast Segmental br with 60 m spans was used. It has been constructed at a cost of nearly Rs.50 crore. It is located on Parole-Korepannu-Rajpura road over UjhNallah.

Basantar bridge: It has been constructed at a total cost of about Rs.41.7 crore. It is located on Rajpura–Madwal–Pangadur–Phulpur road over BasantarNallah.

These bridges will usher in vast improvement in connectivity of roads and bridges in border areas as they will provide smooth connectivity and are also vital for Indian Army for deployment on border areas.

These bridges will also be a big relief for local people of border villages of Kathua and Samba sector as road connectivity to these areas used to get disrupted during Monsoon.

About Project Sampark

It was raised by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in 1975 with its Headquarters at Jammu.

Geography: It has an area of responsibility from Pir Panjal Range (in north) to Pathankot (in south) and from Poonch (in west) to Dalhousie (in east), covering about 2200 km of road network.

BRO has been rendering its services via construction and maintenance of roads and bridges in border areas thereby fulfilling strategic needs of Defence Forces.

BRO Celebrates 59th Raising Day on May 7

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) was formed on on 7 May 1960, with primary goal of securing India’s borders and developing infrastructure in remote areas of India’s north and north eastern states. On 7 May 2019 BRO celebrated its 59th Raising Day (foundation day).

About BRO

  • It is a leading road construction agency under Ministry of Defence.
  • Its primary role is to provide road connectivity in India’s border areas. It also creates up-grades and maintains infrastructure along borders to meet India’s overall tactical and strategic goals.
  • Apart from road construction it also executes maintenance works along Northern and Western frontiers mainly to meet strategic requirements of Indian Army. It is responsible for over 53,000 Km roads.
  • Its work involves Formation Cutting, Surfacing, Bridge construction and Resurfacing.
  • It contributes towards India’s strategic objectives in neighbouring regions by constructing roads in friendly foreign nations like Afghanistan, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
  • Disaster management: It has played important role in reconstruction work after tsunami in Tamil Nadu in 2004, Kashmir earthquake in 2005, Ladakh flash floods in 2010 etc.

Recent Developments

  • To meet challenges of enhancing overall strategic connectivity along borders BRO has begun organizational re-structuring and simplified procedures with adequate delegation of financial powers to executives.
  • To enhance its capabilities it is now executing works in combination of departmental, contractual and EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) mode.