BRO Current Affairs - 2019

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Col. Chewang Rinchen Setu inaugurated in Ladakh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated Col. Chewang Rinchen Setu (Bridge) in Ladakh. It is named in honor of Colonel Chewang Rinchan who was one of the highly decorated officers in Indian Army from Ladakh. He was also a Maha Vir Chakara awardee (1952).

About Col. Chewang Rinchen Setu

The bridge has been constructed at an altitude of 14,650 feet in forward area of Ladakh region. It has been built on strategically important road Durbuk Shyok Daulat Beg Oldie in sub sector north in eastern Ladakh. It is 45 km east of Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.

The bridge is 4.5 metres wide and can accommodate vehicles of 70 tonnes class. It will also reduce travel time by about half and help in development of border areas and villages across Shyok River.

The Bridge has been built by Border Roads Organisation (BRO). During the foundation of the bridge, the BRO used the micro pile technology to overcome the technological challenges in this remote area of Ladakh.

The construction of the Bridge was completed within 15 working months using 6900 cubic meters of concrete and 1984 metric tons of steel.

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.