Brig Vishal Aggarwal
Chief Engineer



1.         BEACON, the Pioneer Project of BRO, was raised on 18 May 1960 with its HQ at Srinagar (J&K). During its raising, the Project had three Task Forces - 5 BRTF, 6 BRTF and 9 BRTF - under its command. Brig B P Wadhera was the first Chief Engineer, who coined the motivating slogan “Beacon Bole Changla”.

 2.         The Project was assigned the task of development of roads Sonamarg-Kargil-Leh, Leh-Karu -Upshi-Loma-Dungti-Chusul, Karu-Tangtse-Chusul, Dugti-Demchok and Tangtse-Lukung-Phobrang, comprising of approximately 1,250 Km in length. Subsequently, the Project was assigned the road development works of entire J&K State. Later, road Leh-Upshi-Sarchu was also added to the responsibility of Project Beacon and due to increase in its work load, two more Task Forces - 16 BRTF and 20 BRTF - also came under its folds.

 3.         With continuous increase in the jurisdiction of the Project Beacon and increase in No of roads under development, a new Project “Sampark” with its HQ at Jammu was raised on 01 Jan 1975.  Project Sampark was tasked with the improvement and development of roads in   Jammu -Rajouri - Poonch Sector.  After launch of “OP MEGHDOOT” in 1984, Project Beacon was once again bifurcated with the raising of Project “Himank” for Ladakh Region.

 4.      Project Beacon is known as “Life Line of J&K”. Since its inception as the premier construction agency of BRO, Project Beacon has been meeting the aspirations of the “Awaam” of Jammu & Kashmir and the strategic needs of the Defense Forces. Braving the remote and inhospitable terrain, adverse climatic and environmental conditions, as well as insurgency, the Project has constructed over 4,000 Km of roads as its contribution towards the development of road infrastructure in the state of J&K. Not only does it connect various parts of the State,  but also provides job opportunities to approx 10,000 locals, thereby contributed towards socio-economic  development of the region.