Lieutenant General Raghu Srinivasan assumed the role of the 28th Director General (DG) of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) on Saturday. This transition follows the superannuation of Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhry.
Lt Gen Srinivasan’s Distinguished Military Career and Expertise in Border Regions
- Srinivasan is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy in Khadakwasla and the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun, where he was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers in 1987.
- His illustrious service record includes participation in key military operations such as Operation Vijay, Operation Rakshak, and Operation Parakram.
- One of Lt Gen Srinivasan’s most significant areas of expertise lies in serving along India’s border regions, particularly in Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir. His extensive experience in these challenging terrains has equipped him with a unique perspective on the infrastructural needs of these regions.
Command and Staff Appointments
- Throughout his career, he completed the Defence Services Staff College, Higher Command, and National Defence College courses.
- Notable among his assignments are commanding the 58 Engineer Regiment and the 416 Engineer Brigade.
- Additionally, he has held important positions such as Deputy Director General of Discipline and Vigilance at the Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence (Army), Commandant of the Bengal Engineer Group & Centre Roorkee, Chief Engineer of the Southern Command, and Assistant Director General at the Engineer-in-Chief Branch at the Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence (Army).
The Border Roads Organisation’s Legacy
- The Border Roads Organisation was established on May 7, 1960, with the primary objective of securing India’s borders through the development of infrastructure in the remote regions of the north and northeast.
- Since its inception, the BRO has made remarkable contributions to this mission, having constructed and dedicated to the nation more than 63,000 kilometers of roads, 976 bridges, six tunnels, and 21 airfields.
- In the past year alone, the BRO completed a record-breaking 193 projects across eight border states and three Union Territories, with a total cost of ₹5,400 crore.