With the aim to avoid bureaucratic delays and red tapism, the Ministry of Defence has decided to enhance the administrative and financial powers to Border Roads Organisation (BRO), right up to the level of Chief Engineer and Task Force Commander.
Since 2015 BRO functions under the control of Ministry of Defence and engages in road construction activities in the border region of India, connecting the villages in the border region with country’s mainstream.
The administrative approval powers at departmental work level of:
- Chief Engineer are now revised from INR 10 crores to INR 50 crores
- Additional Director General Border Roads (ADGBR) are now revised from INR 20 crores to INR 75 crores
- Director General Border Roads (DGBR) are now revised from 50 crores to INR 100 crores
The administrative approval powers for contractual work level of:
- Chief Engineer are now revised from INR 10 crores to INR 100 crores
- ADGBR are now revised from INR 20 crores to INR 300 crores
Defence Ministry has also considered the problem of obsolete machinery being used for border road construction and decided to modernise the construction fleet used by BRO. The purchasing power of the DGBR for procurement of indigenous and imported construction equipment has been revised from INR 7.5 crores and INR 3 crores respectively to INR 100 crores for both categories. This is definitely very encouraging news for the construction equipment players who would barely get orders from BRO. DGBR has also been given full powers for hiring construction equipment up to three years and the powers of Chief Engineers (Projects) has been enhanced from INR 50 lakh to INR 5 crores with an enhancement of the hiring period from 6 months to 1 year.