With a humble beginning, with just two Projects – Project Tusker (renamed Project Vartak ) in the East at Tezpur and Project Beacon in the West at Srinagar, the BRO as a result oriented Organisation, producing quality work, with little time or cost overrun, even in the most adverse conditions of working, grew from strength to strength over the last four decades, to be a vast and vibrant Organisation with seventeen Chief Engineer Projects spread across the length and breath of the country, operating in 22 States including the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Seven Chief Engineer Projects located in the North East, four in J & K, one in Himachal Pradesh / Uttaranchal and the balance in Western and Central India.
Road Projects are also under execution abroad in Bhutan and Myanmar. The works executed by the BRO, in these foreign countries go a long way in strengthening their ties of friendship, trust and co-operation with India.
The BRO has developed a network of over 48300 Kms of roads and 36000 meters of permanent bridges, over the last 5 decades. In fact, the vast hinterland of India is also being opened up to the outside world, thus enhancing the overall socio-economic development of the Border States.
The basic unit in the BRO is the functional platoon. This functional platoon comprising of a trade structure to suit its task, executes a specific sequential functional activity like formation cutting, surfacing, construction of cross drainages and various earth retaining structures to ensure adequate road geometric and road safety to the user, permanent bridges and resurfacing required for the execution of a road, airfield or a building project.
The Organisation is fully supported by a well established recruiting-cum-training Centre at Pune, two fully equipped Base Workshops for the overhaul of its vast family of plant/equipment costed at approximately Rs.650 Crores and two Engineer Store Depots for inventory management of the spares required for repair and overhaul. A Liaison office has been established at Calcutta, to oversee the smooth flow of major construction stores, to the eight Chief Engineer projects in the North East, as well as bridging equipment for all the Projects, from various nodal centres of supply in India.
The BRO supported by an Integrated Financial Advisory(IFA) System which came into being in 1995, with the IFA (BR)/ PCDA (BR) co-located at Headquarters DGBR. A similar set up was established through the ACDAs/Senior Accounts Officers at the Chief Engineer Project level and Accounts Officers at the Task Force level. The IFA (BR) had secured the ISO 9002 certification in Dec 1999, for a major activity of processing and sanctioning estimates of work. Possibly, this is the first IFA to secure this recognition. This has helped to strengthen the image of the BRO. The BRO has also been awarded the ISO 9002 certification, covering the procurement process of plant, vehicles and equipment.