New Delhi: Lt Gen Raghu Srinivasan took over as the 28th Director General Border Roads (DGBR) on Saturday. He assumed the charge following the superannuation of Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhry. Prior to his appointment as the DGBR, the General Officer was holding the appointment of Commandant, College of Military Engineering, Pune.
Lt Gen Raghu Srinivasan is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers in 1987. He has participated in Operation Vijay, Operation Rakshak and Operation Parakram during his illustrious service. He has a rich experience in serving along the border areas, especially Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
The General Officer has held numerous key command and staff appointments during his career, having undergone the Defence Services Staff College, Higher Command and National Defence College courses. Among his appointments, the noteworthy ones are the Command of 58 Engineer Regiment & 416 Engineer Brigade. He has also held the appointments of Deputy Director General, Discipline and Vigilance at HQ of MoD (Army), Commandant Bengal Engineer Group & Centre Roorkee, Chief Engineer Southern Command and ADG at Engineer-in-Chief Branch at IHQ of MoD (Army). He has also been an instructor at the Indian Military Advisory Team, Lusaka, Zambia and Defence Services Staff College. For his distinguished service, he has been awarded with the Vishisht Seva Medal.
In his message to the BRO personnel after taking over, Lt Gen Raghu Srinivasan appreciated their efforts in maintaining and constructing vital roads and allied infrastructure in some of the most challenging and inhospitable conditions. He exhorted them to consistently demonstrate unwavering dedication, resilience and professionalism in their mission to connect remote areas to enable the Armed Forces to safeguard the borders and facilitate socio-economic development of far-flung areas.
The BRO was raised on May 07, 1960 with an aim to secure India’s borders by developing infrastructure in remote areas of the North and North-Eastern states. Since its raising, the BRO has constructed and dedicated to the Nation over 63,000 kms of roads, 976 bridges, six tunnels and 21 Airfields. In the last one year, it has completed a record 193 projects, at a cost of Rs 5,400 crore, across eight border States and three Union Territories.