Despite Chinese aggression in eastern Ladakh, which led to the first casualties along the Line of Actual Control in over four decades, and a raging pandemic that threatened to bring work on critical border infrastructure to a halt, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) appears to have improved its performance between January and November 2020 over the same period last year.
The BRO, which is responsible for the construction and maintenance of road infrastructure along India’s borders, has completed around 1,993 km of formation cutting work, executed nearly 2,341 km of surfacing work and construction of 2,683 metres of bridges, and undertook 2,508 km of resurfacing work and Rs 1,819 crore of permanent works during this period.
These figures, which appeared in the Ministry of Defence’s year-end review for 2020, suggest that the agency’s performance improved significantly.
In 2019, for comparison, the BRO completed 1,123 km of formation cutting work, executed nearly 2,099 km of surfacing work, construction of 2,557 metres of bridges, undertook 2,339 km of resurfacing work and Rs 1,601 crore of permanent works between January and November that year.
In the financial year 2018-19, the agency completed 991 km of formation cutting, executed 1,965 km surfacing work and construction of 2,817 metres of bridges, undertook resurfacing of 1,778 km on northern and western borders and Rs 1,518 crore of permanent work.