Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh dedicated to the nation two Centres of Excellence established by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) at Seema Sadak Bhawan in New Delhi today. These Centres have been established to achieve excellence in road safety as well as foster growth in the construction of roads, bridges, airfields and tunnels.
The Centre of Excellence for Road Safety & Awareness (CoERSA) strives to raise awareness about road safety by analysing and sharing the details of road accidents and recommending solutions to save precious lives. The Centre of Excellence for Roads, Bridges, Air Fields and Tunnels (CoERBAT) focuses on institutionalising the knowledge and expertise gathered over the years in the development of almost 60,000 kilometres of roads, 56,000 metres of bridges, 19 airfields and 4 tunnels in the eastern and north-western part of the nation.
Speaking on the occasion, Defence Minister of India, Rajnath Singh appreciated the efforts of BRO in creating the Centres of Excellence, expressing confidence that they will play a critical role in saving precious lives.
Terming the road accidents as a silent pandemic that claims approximately 1.5 lakh lives every year, the Defence Minister said that the Government has taken a number of initiatives to combat the problem such as the National Road Safety Policy, Motor Vehicle Act 2020 and identification of black spots on national highways and the setting up of these Centres is another step in that direction.
Role of BRO
BRO(Border Roads Organisation) has played a critical role in the nation’s prosperity since its inception by developing roads, tunnels, and other infrastructure in rural places. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh complimented BRO for working relentlessly in difficult weather conditions to improve connectivity, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Describing connectivity as an essential component of a nation’s progress, he said BRO is catering to the needs of the Armed Forces as well as working towards the socio-economic development of the border areas. He mentioned the recent achievements of BRO, including state-of-the-art construction of Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, Kailash Mansarovar Road and Zojila pass. He also appreciated BRO for raising awareness about road safety through innovative slogans and signboards.
The Minister also listed out various measures taken by the Central Government for the development of BRO. These include an increase in the budget of BRO, approval of special high-altitude clothing for the personnel as well as cadre review to boost morale. He assured BRO of continued support by the Defence Ministry, saying that the Government remains committed to the progress of the far-flung areas of the country. He also remembered the BRO personnel who laid down their lives in the service of the nation.
During the ceremony, the Defence Minister also unveiled four software programmes designed to improve BRO personnel’s job efficiency, including HR management, recruitment, and work management. The BRO developed the programme to save paperwork while reducing carbon emissions. He described software development as a brilliant example of ‘Self-reliant India’ and ‘Digital India.
The first-ever Solo Woman Motorcycle Expedition by Kanchan Ugursandi to Umling La Pass, Ladakh and back was also flagged off on the occasion.
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar were also present on the occasion.
About Border Roads Organisation
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is a road construction executive force in India under the Ministry of Defence that maintains road networks in border areas and friendly neighboring countries.
BRO has completed several infrastructure projects in several countries such as Afghanistan, Bhutan, Myanmar, Tajikistan, and Sri Lanka.
The organization was formed in 1960 primarily to meet the defence requirement towards infrastructure development of remote Border areas of North & North East states. Roads, bridges, highways, airports, tunnels, buildings, and other facilities are all part of these infrastructure developments. BRO is also in charge of managing other facilities, which includes tasks like snow removal.
Apart from strategic defence requirements, BRO has acquired a leading role in the area of infrastructure development in the world’s most treacherous terrains and climatically harsh localities. The Organization has been successful in securing the territorial stability and socio-economic upliftment of the country’s most remote areas by rendering its dedicated services to the nation.