Border Roads Organisation (BRO)

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Recently, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) connected a strategically important all-weather 298-km long road from Manali to Leh through Darcha and Nimmu on the Kargil–Leh Highway.

About Border Roads Organisation

  • It is a road construction executive force in India that provides support to Indian Armed Forces.
  • Establishment: It was formed on 7 May 1960 to secure India's borders and develop infrastructure in remote areas of the north and north-east states of the country.
  • In order to ensure coordination and expeditious execution of projects, the Government of India set up the Border Roads Development Board (BRDB) with the Prime Minister as Chairman of the Board and Defence Minister as Deputy Chairman.
  • It develops and maintains road networks in India's border areas and friendly neighboring countries.
  • This includes infrastructure operations in 19 states and three union territories (including Andaman and Nicobar Islands) and neighboring countries such as Afghanistan, Bhutan, Myanmar, Tajikistan and Sri Lanka.
  • Officers and personnel from the General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) form the parent cadre of the BRO.
  • It is also staffed by Officers and Troops drawn from the Indian Army's Corps of Engineers on extra regimental employment (on deputation).
  • BRO is also included in the Order of Battle of the Armed Forces, ensuring their support at any time.
  • Motto of the organization: Shramena Sarvam Sadhyam (everything is achievable through hardwork)

Q1) What is the Project Beacon?

It was launched in the 1960s by the Border Roads Organisation and it is the oldest initiative of the organisation which is overseeing the development and maintenance of vital road infrastructure in key Kashmir regions.

Source: BRO connects 298-km long Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road to Ladakh region