CONSTRUCTION OF BORDER ROADS
New Delhi: Agrahayana 28, 1936
Friday, 19 December 2014
Identification of Border Roads is done based on recommendations of various agencies like Army, ITBP, MEA, MHA and keeping in view the strategic aspects, requirements and other factors like importance of the road from the point of view of communication link to strategic border areas of the country.
The state wise details of roads constructed / improved by BRO during last three years and current year is given as under:
|State||Works Completed after Surfacing
(in Km Equivalent Class-9)
(upto November 2014)
|Sikkim / West Bengal||46||47||92||102|
|Nagaland / Manipur||115||110||75||38|
|Mizoram / Assam||240||177||158||60|
Roads are constructed by BRO as per laid down specification. However, due to the difficult terrain (mountainous, high altitude and slide prone areas), natural calamities and ongoing construction activities / widening works etc, roads get damaged and the riding quality gets affected. Inspection of works on roads is carried out regularly by executives at Project and Task Force level and the damaged roads are repaired regularly.
The state wise details of funds allotted and utilized for various Projects of BRO during last three years and current year is given as under:-
(Rs. in crores)
(upto October 2014)
Government has taken following measures to expedite the pace of road projects:
|(i)||Chief Secretaries of various State Governments have been requested to constitute Empowered Committee under their chairmanship with Secretaries of concerned departments as members to resolve issues related to land acquisition, wildlife clearance, allotment of quarries etc.|
|(ii)||Ministry of Environment& Forest (MoEF) has given the General Approval under section 2 of forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 for diversion of forest land required for construction / widening of roads entrusted to BRO in the area falling within 100 kilometers aerial distance from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and for link roads between Border Roads in the area within 100 Kilometers aerial distance from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and National Highways / State Highways / Other roads subject to certain conditions.|
|(iii)||Outsourcing has been allowed to augment capacity of BRO.|
|(iv)||Long Term Roll On Works Plan (LTROWP) and Long Term Equipment Plan (LTEP) has been approved.|
|(v)||Enhanced financial and administrative powers have been given to the executives of BRO.|
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Arjun Meghwal and others in Lok Sabha today.