Ministry of Defence Delegates Powers to Border Roads Organisation (Download PDF)

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The Ministry of Defence will delegate administrative and financial powers to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) upto the level of Chief Engineer and Task Force Commander to avoid delays.

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Image of Border Roads In India Map

Image of Border Roads In India Map

What is BRO?

  • BRO is engaged in road construction to provide connectivity to difficult and inaccessible regions in the border areas of the country

  • Functioning under the control of the Ministry of Defence since 2015

  • Transformational changes being brought about in organization to improve pace of execution of works to meet requirement of the Armed Forces.

Changes

To bring in transformational changes in the BRO powers of delegation are now revised.

  • Previously Chief Engineer in the BRO could give administrative approval of works upto Rs. 10 crore, that too only for departmental works and ADGBR had powers to approve upto Rs. 20 crore for departmental works. For contractual works DGBR had powers upto Rs. 50 crore.

  • Now for both departmental and contractual modes, Chief Engineer of BRO can accord administrative approval upto Rs. 50 crore, ADGBR upto Rs. 75 crore and DGBR upto Rs. 100 crore.

  • To speed up the tendering process, now Chief Engineer can accept bids with cost of contract upto Rs. 100 crore and ADGBR upto Rs. 300 crore- allowing completion of entire tendering process at the level of Chief Engineer or ADGBR.

  • Chief Engineer can now accord administrative approval for outsourcing of consultancy services upto Rs. 2 crore and ADGBR upto Rs. 5 crore. Full powers beyond Rs. 5 crore are given to DGBR.

  • To replace obsolete construction equipment in the BRO power to approve upto Rs. 100 crore equipment given to DGBR for procurement of both indigenous or imported equipment.

  • With BRO engaged in road construction activities in the most difficult areas- the usage norms and fixation of life of construction equipment now left to DGBR.

    Promoting Accountability in BRO

    • The Ministry of Defence in consultation with the Armed Forces assign roads to BRO and fix priorities in two categories- Long Term Roll-On Works Plan and Annual Works Programme.

    • To ensure accountability, a MIS is being developed for online monitoring of progress of works.

    • From the current year, the BRO has initiated the practice of preparation of DPRs for all new road projects

    • BRO has also adopted the EPC mode of execution against the conventional departmental mode of execution.

    • BRO may now engage big construction companies for taking up road projects on a turnkey basis.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 14, 2017

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