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Border Roads Organisation Celebrates 65th Raising Day with Honour and Recognition

New Delhi: The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) commemorated its 65th Raising Day on May 7, 2024, with a grand event held in New Delhi, presided over by Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane. The occasion was marked by accolades for the BRO’s unwavering dedication in executing its responsibilities amidst challenging terrain and adverse weather conditions.

In his address, Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane hailed the BRO’s pivotal role in bolstering national security and fostering socio-economic progress in remote areas through its infrastructure projects along the borders. He emphasized the importance of infusing modern technology and techniques to expedite project completion, thereby enhancing operational efficiency.

Aramane also lauded the BRO’s commendable efforts during critical situations such as the Silkyara Tunnel Collapse and the Sikkim Floods, underscoring its significance in relief and rescue operations. He highlighted the BRO’s forthcoming involvement in the Vibrant Villages Programme, aimed at holistic development of border villages.

Director General, Border Roads Lt Gen Raghu Srinivasan extended greetings to all ranks of the BRO, emphasizing its commitment to national security, connectivity, and development. He underscored the BRO’s motto ‘In the Silence of Our Great Mountains – Work Speaks’, symbolizing its perseverance and impact on remote communities.

The event witnessed the unveiling of a compendium on the Sela Tunnel and the release of several books. Excellence Awards were conferred upon BRO personnel for their outstanding contributions, with special recognition for women achievers and casual paid labourers who displayed exceptional dedication.

Established in 1960 with just two projects, the BRO has evolved into a dynamic organization with 18 projects spanning 11 States and three Union Territories. Renowned as a leading infrastructural construction agency in high-altitude and snow-bound areas, the BRO has constructed vital roads, bridges, tunnels, and airfields to meet strategic requirements.

In the fiscal year 2023-24, the BRO completed 125 infrastructure projects worth Rs 3,611 crore, including the monumental Sela Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh. Additionally, plans are underway for the construction of the Shinkun La Tunnel, set to become the world’s highest tunnel upon completion.

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