According to reports, India is planning to speed up the construction of border roads in the eastern sector leading to the Sino-Indian border. A Ministry of Defence (MoD) source said it “has decided to delegate administrative and financial powers to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) right up to the level of chief engineer and task force commander, so as to avoid delays on the account of references between the chief engineer and HQ DGBR (DG-Border Roads) and also between HQ DGBR and the ministry.
India has also decided to replace obsolete construction equipment in the BRO with modern equipment. The MoD said, “There also is a need to replace obsolete construction equipment in the BRO with modern equipment.
According to the earlier delegation of powers, the DGBR had powers only up to Rs 7.5 crore for the procurement of indigenous equipment and Rs 3 crore for the procurement of imported equipment. All other cases of procurement had to be referred to the MoD. 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 the DGBR for procurement of both indigenous/imported equipment.”