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BRO celebrates 65th Raising Day, to soon commence construction of Shinkun La Tunnel

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BRO celebrates 65th Raising Day, to soon commence construction of Shinkun La Tunnel

On Tuesday, the Border Roads Organisation celebrated its 65th Raising Day. Giridhar Aramane, the Defence Secretary, urged the BRO to employ the newest technology and methods to finish projects more quickly, stating that automation and mechanisation will be essential for its success going forward. The Shinkun La Tunnel, which is 4.10 km long, will shortly begin construction, according to a statement from the military ministry. After it is finished, the 15,800-foot tunnel will be the tallest in the world, surpassing the 15,590-foot Mila Tunnel in China.

The defence secretary presided over a celebration held in New Delhi on the occasion.

The defence secretary presided over a celebration held in New Delhi on the occasion.In his speech, he praised the BRO for effectively carrying out its duties in hostile environments and severe weather.

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Aramane also mentioned the vital role that BRO staff played in aid and rescue operations during the floods in Sikkim and the collapse of the Silkyara tunnel.

According to him, the group would be crucial to the Vibrant settlements Programme, which aims to improve a few border settlements in-depth.

Aramane described the BRO as a “very crucial” agency that, in addition to guaranteeing the socioeconomic development of the remote areas, is significantly contributing to national security through its border infrastructure projects.

He expressed confidence that the ‘Karmayogis’ will continue to ensure border infrastructure development in record speed and praised the BRO for finishing the projects on schedule.

Aramane pushed the BRO to utilise the newest technology and methods to complete projects more quickly, reducing the need for human labour and making better use of it. According to him, mechanisation and automation would be essential for the BRO going forward.

Lieutenant General Raghu Srinivasan, the Director General of BRO, greeted members of the organisation at all levels.

According to him, the BRO’s nationwide reach demonstrates its dedication to growth, connection, and national security.

The motto, “In the Silence of Our Great Mountains – Work Speaks,” was added by Lt Gen Srinivasan and says eloquently about the organization’s commitment, tenacity, and influence on the lives of those living in the most distant regions of the nation.

He urged all ranks to reaffirm their commitment to go on with “Connecting Places Connecting People” and leave a legacy of development, prosperity, and harmony that would remain forever.

The ministry released a statement stating that the defence secretary also unveiled a compendium on Sela Tunnel and many literature, including “Oonchin Sadaken,” “Path Pradarshak,” and “Path Vikas.”

He honoured the female achievers within the company and presented “Excellence Awards” to BRO staff members for the years 2023–2024. It further said that awards were given to the temporary paid labourers who worked on the Sela Tunnel and other projects, as well as during the floods in Sikkim.

Back in 1960, the BRO had just two projects: Project Tusker (now Vartak) in the east and Project Beacon in the north. Now, the organisation is thriving, running eighteen projects in eleven states and three Union Territories. According to the statement, it has now proven its mettle as the top infrastructure building company in the challenging and high-altitude snow-bound regions.

Along the northern and western frontiers, the BRO constructs and maintains roads at elevations between 9,000 and 19,000 feet, mainly to satisfy the military’s strategic needs.

“In over six decades, it has constructed over 62,214 kms of roads, 1,005 bridges, seven tunnels and 21 airfields in adverse climatic and geographical conditions along India’s borders as well as in friendly countries, including Bhutan, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, thus contributing towards the nation’s strategic objectives,” said the statement.

The BRO finished 125 infrastructure projects of Rs 3,611 crore in 2023–2024. This involves building the Sela Tunnel on the Balipara-Chardwar-Tawang Road in Arunachal Pradesh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently dedicated the tunnel, nearly from Itanagar, to the country.

Two major airport projects, Bagdogra and Barrackpore, were completed by the BRO, which represents another accomplishment in its ongoing quest for excellence. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh recently laid the foundation stone for the Mudh Airfield Project. The project must be finished in two working seasons, according to the BRO.

The BRO has had a “exponential surge” in budget expenditure during the past three years, indicating a notable improvement in capabilities and effect. According to the ministry, the organisation has been able to take on important projects, expedite the creation of vital infrastructure, and improve its operational preparedness thanks to the additional budgetary assistance.

“The BRO has been leading the charge in advancing diversity and gender equality by giving women important roles and opportunities. In eastern Ladakh, officers such as Col. Ponung Doming are in charge of important projects. It said, “A key factor in the Sela Tunnel Project’s successful completion was Assistant Executive Engineer (Civ) Nikita Chaudhary.

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