rig. I.K. Jaggi, Chief Engineer Project BEACON (BRO) Friday called on the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha here at the Raj Bhavan.
The Chief Engineer briefed the Lt Governor about the present status of various ongoing construction activities under BEACON in J&K.
He further informed the Lt Governor about the progress of projects in strategically important areas across the UT.
The Lt Governor lauded the committed efforts of the BRO in infrastructural development of the UT. He asked the Chief Engineer to closely monitor the ongoing projects to ensure quality work and suggested exploring the feasibility of modular bridges for providing road connectivity at a faster pace.
It is apparent that there has been a major surge in outcomes delivered by the BRO in the last few years. This is evident from the fact that BRO has executed about 30 per cent more works in the financial year (FY) 2019-20 as compared to FY 2018-19, due to the adequate budgetary support from the Government and due to the effect of structural reforms and focussed/dedicated efforts by the BRO.
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The annual budget of BRO that varied from ₹ 3300 Crores to ₹ 4600 Crores in years 2008-2016, saw a substantial rise to ₹ 8050 Crores in 2019-2020. With focus of the Govt in improving infrastructure in border areas. This year, the Union Budget 2021-22 has proposed increased funding for Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to boost infrastructure in frontier areas. Allocation for road development projects in border areas was raised from Rs 5,586.23 crore to Rs 6,004.08 crore for Financial Year 2021-22.
Meanwhile, the budget for maintenance of border roads this year has gone up from Rs 750 crore to Rs 850 crore, while the capital works allocation has been revised upwards to Rs 2,500 crore from budgetary provision of Rs 2,300 crore for Financial Year 2020-21.