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Ladakh to get all-weather connectivity with two roads from Manali soon
9/18/2020 9:58:21 PM


MANALI, Sept 18: While a 14.15km long tunnel beneath Zoji La will provide all-weather road connectivity on Srinagar-Leh highway soon in next few years, Ladakh will get year-round connectivity by two roads from Manali very soon.
Additional director general border roads (ADGBR) Anil Kumar, who was visiting Atal tunnel in Rohtang to review the work, said besides making Manali-Sarchu-Leh highway an all-weather road, Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is working on making Manali-Shinkula-Nimu highway double-lane and all-weather. He said DPR of Baralacha pass tunnel is ready and DPR of three other tunnels is being prepared.
“Atal tunnel is ready for inauguration. Three more tunnels are proposed to be built on the Manali-Sarchu-Leh highway to provide year-round connectivity. While DPR of tunnel under Baralacha pass has been prepared, DPRs for tunnels below Lachulung-la pass and Taglang-la pass will be made soon. DPR of Shinkula tunnel to make Darcha-Shinkula-Padum-Nimu road all-weather is also being prepared,” he said.
He added that development of road network in border areas of Himachal, Ladakh, J&K and Uttarakhand and all the north-west regions is an important aspect. He said an alternate route Darcha-Padum-Nimu is being built to connect Himachal with Ladakh besides existing Manali-Sarchu-Leh road.
“Total length of this road will be about 297km and only 35km road is still pending. This road will be made a double-lane road and nearly 90km of the length has already been made double-lane. The tunnel at Shinkula pass is also proposed which will make this road an all-weather highway,” he added.
Darcha is now just 100km from Manali via Atal tunnel. The Manali-Darcha-Padum-Nimu road will be about 397km in length. This length will further reduce after Shinkula tunnel. Nimu to Leh is just 35km while Nimu to Kargil is about 185km. The main advantage of this new road will be its location, which is completely inside from international border with both China and Pakistan and has no mountain pass other than Shinkula. The travel time on this highway to reach strategic points of Ladakh will be much less than other two roads.
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