BRO connects 298-km-long Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road in Ladakh

New Delhi, (UNI) The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) connected the strategically important all-weather Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road in Ladakh on Tuesday.

According to an official statement, this 298-km road will connect Manali to Leh through Darcha and Nimmu on the Kargil-Leh Highway.

The road is now the third axis apart from Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh, which connect Ladakh to the hinterland.

The Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road derives its strategic importance from the fact that it is not only shorter vis-a-vis the other two axes but crosses only one pass, Shinkun La (16,558 feet), on which tunnel work is about to commence by the BRO.

This will result in the road having all-weather connectivity to the Ladakh region. The connectivity will strengthen defence preparedness and provide a boost to economic development in the Zanskar valley.

DG Border Roads Lt Gen Raghu Srinivasan said that in January, when the River Zansakar was frozen, the equipment and personnel were mobilised, and the work of establishing connectivity was completed.

He exuded confidence that the work on black topping the road will start soon. With the construction of the Shinkun La tunnel commencing, the third all-weather axis to Ladakh will be established.

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