- The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is a road construction executive force in India that provides support to Indian Armed Forces.
- BRO develops and maintains road networks in India’s border areas and friendly neighboring countries.
- This includes infrastructure operations in 19 states and three union territories (including Andaman and Nicobar Islands) and neighboring countries such as Afghanistan, Bhutan, Myanmar, Tajikistan and Sri Lanka.
- BRO is also tasked with maintaining this infrastructure including operations such as snow clearance.
- BRO is instrumental in significantly upgrading and building new India-China Border Roads.
- Officers and personnel from the General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) form the parent cadre of the BRO. It is also staffed by Officers and Troops drawn from the Indian Army’s Corps of Engineers on extra regimental employment (on deputation).
- BRO is also included in the Order of Battle of the Armed Forces, ensuring their support at any time.
Why in News?
- The Prime Minister has praised the initiative by Border Roads Organisation Project Dantak to commemorate 64th Raising Day.
- Project DANTAK was established in 1961 as a result of the visionary leadership of His Majesty the Third King and then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru.
- Identifying the utmost importance of connectivity in spurring the socio-economic development and growth of Bhutan, DANTAK was tasked to construct the pioneering motorable roads in the Kingdom.
- Over the years, DANTAK has met the myriad infrastructure requirements in Bhutan. The medical and education facilities established by DANTAK in far flung areas were often the first in those locations.