A big push is being given to complete a route to Ladakh that will link Darcha in Himachal Pradesh to Nimu through Padum in Kargil’s Zanskar Valley.
This is needed urgently given Pakistan’s and China’s interest in the Siachen Glacier and Daulat Beg Oldie.
Officials said that the 290 kilometre road will be crucial for the movement of troops and heavy weaponry into the frontier bases of the Ladakh region. This will provide a crucial link to the Kargil region.
This will be the third road link to Ladakh after the other two roads- Manali-Leh road and Srinagar-Leh highway. This road project by the Defence Ministry is being pushed hard by the highways minister, Nitin Gadkari, following the provocation by China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh. The work on the re-opening of an alternative road to Ladakh from Himachal Pradesh has been expedited due to its strategic importance. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
Courtesy – oneindia.com