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Manali-Leh route: BRO builds new all-weather road to Ladakh | Check Details

Written by  Jasleen Kaur -- March 27th 2024 09:06 AM
Manali-Leh route: BRO builds new all-weather road to Ladakh | Check Details

Manali-Leh route: BRO builds new all-weather road to Ladakh | Check Details

PTC Web Desk: The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has achieved a significant milestone by connecting the strategic Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road in Ladakh. This 298-km road will establish a crucial link between Manali and Leh via Darcha and Nimmu on the Kargil-Leh Highway. The completion of this road marks the emergence of a third axis, besides Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh, significantly enhancing connectivity to Ladakh.

Strategic Significance

The newly connected Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road holds immense strategic importance due to its shorter distance compared to the other two axes. Moreover, it traverses only one pass, Shinkun La, standing at an altitude of 16,558 feet. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is set to commence tunnel work on this pass, ensuring all-weather connectivity to the Ladakh region. This enhanced connectivity not only bolsters defense preparedness but also promises to catalyse economic development in the Zanskar valley.

According to DG Border Roads Lt Gen Raghu Srinivasan, the BRO successfully mobilised equipment and personnel to establish connectivity along the Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road, even during the frozen conditions of January. Lt Gen Srinivasan expressed confidence in commencing the black-topping of the road in the near future. Moreover, with the commencement of tunnel construction at Shinkun La, the third all-weather axis to Ladakh will be firmly established, further fortifying the region's connectivity and resilience.

The inauguration of the Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road is poised to significantly improve connectivity within the Ladakh region. By providing an alternative route to Leh via Darcha and Nimmu, this road offers strategic flexibility and resilience, particularly during adverse weather conditions. Moreover, the establishment of all-weather connectivity through the construction of the Shinkun La tunnel promises to mitigate seasonal disruptions and facilitate year-round access to Ladakh.

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Impact on Defense Preparedness

The completion of the Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road represents a significant milestone in bolstering defense preparedness in the Ladakh region. The enhanced connectivity provided by this road not only facilitates the rapid deployment of military assets but also strengthens logistical support to remote border areas. Additionally, the establishment of all-weather connectivity through the Shinkun La tunnel ensures uninterrupted access, further augmenting the region's defensive capabilities.

Beyond its strategic significance, the Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road holds immense potential to stimulate economic development in the Zanskar valley and surrounding regions. Improved connectivity is expected to unlock new opportunities for trade, tourism, and infrastructure development, thereby enhancing the socio-economic well-being of local communities. Furthermore, the establishment of all-weather connectivity is likely to attract investments and promote sustainable growth across various sectors.

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(With inputs from agencies)



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