Fact Sheet from Parliament: ALL ABOUT INDIA’S BORDER ROADS


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)

2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15

(upto November 2014)

J&K 630 664 571 378
Himachal Pradesh   95   78   45   30
Uttarakhand 133   73   38   27
Rajasthan 561 728 754 374
Sikkim / West Bengal   46   47   92 102
Arunachal Pradesh 462 477 424 168
Nagaland / Manipur 115 110   75   38
Mizoram / Assam 240 177 158   60
Tripura   40   21   13    3

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)

State 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
Allot-

ment

Expen-diture Allot-

ment

Expen-diture Allot-

ment

Expen-diture Allot-

ment

Expenditure

(upto October 2014)

J&K 1309 1236 1244 1194 1181 1159 1332 659
Himachal

Pradesh

262 249 340 309 371 366 347 181
Uttarakhand 389 333 253 243 289 229 303 95
Rajasthan 232 201 255 245 293 291 317 167
Sikkim/West Bengal 212 189 216 198 260 255 283 144
Arunachal

Pradesh

864 828 889 880 944 935 1031 310
Nagaland /

Manipur

200 211 226 215 187 184 240 70
Mizoram /

Assam

316 292 308 296 288 269 367 172
Tripura 158 121 107 82 85 68 133 26

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.

DM/HH

 

 

 

 

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