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To overcome delays, MoD enhances financial powers of Border Roads

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    New Delhi: The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will now have financial and administrative powers. A decision to this effect has been taken by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

    An MoD spokesperson said on Sunday that the decision to delegate administrative and financial powers to BRO, right up to the level of Chief Engineer and Task Force Commander.

    The decision has been taken to avoid delays on account of references between the Chief Engineer and HQ DGBR and also between HQ DGBR and the ministry.

    The BRO is engaged in road construction to provide connectivity to difficult and inaccessible regions in the border areas of the country. It has been functioning under the control of the MoD since 2015.

    Earlier, all cases of revision of norms of equipment and fixation of life had to be referred to the MoD. In a departure from the earlier policy, full powers in this regard have been delegated to DGBR.

    Changes to propel pace of execution of works

    The transformational changes are being initiated by MoD in order to improve the pace of execution of works and to achieve the desired outcomes according to the requirement of the armed forces.

    The existing delegation of powers gave a Chief Engineer in the BRO administrative approval of works only up to Rs 10 crore, that too for departmental works, whereas the ADGBR had powers to accord administrative approval only up to Rs 20 crore for departmental works. For contractual works, all administrative approvals were given by DGBR, who had powers only up to Rs 50 crore.

    The MoD has now approved that for both departmental and contractual mode of execution, a Chief Engineer of BRO can accord administrative approval up to Rs 50 crore, ADGBR up to Rs 75 crore and DGBR up to Rs 100 crore.

    “The Chief Engineer can accept bids with cost of contract up to Rs 100 crore and that of ADGBR for cost of contract up to Rs 300 crore,” says the spokesperson.


    Outdated machinery to be replaced

    In order to fast track the procurement of latest construction machinery and equipment in the BRO, the MoD has enhanced the delegation of powers up to Rs 100 crore to DGBR for procurement of both indigenous and imported equipment.

    MoD says, it would in consultation with the armed forces, identify the roads to be entrusted to the BRO and fix priorities by approving the ‘Long Term Roll-On Works Plan’ and Annual Works Programme.

    From the current year, the BRO has initiated the practice of preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPRs) for all new road projects to be taken up and has adopted the project mode of execution.

    In an important policy change from the conventional departmental mode of execution followed by the BRO in the past, the organisation has now also started adopting the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) mode of execution.

    “MoD has approved policy guidelines in this regard, based on which the BRO may engage big construction companies for taking up road projects on a turnkey basis,” the spokesperson added.

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