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India laying new road between Ladakh and Darcha in Himachal Pradesh
It will be the third road link to Ladakh after Manali-Leh road and Srinagar-Leh highway


  • Posted: Aug 25, 2020 09:20 PM (IST)
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New Delhi, August 25
Amid the border row with China, India is expediting work on a strategic road linking Darcha in Himachal Pradesh with Ladakh that will crisscross a number of high-altitude snow-bound passes, official sources said on Tuesday.

They said the nearly 290-km-long road will be crucial for movement of the troops and heavy weaponry into the frontier bases of the Ladakh region and will provide a crucial link to the Kargil region.
It will be the third road link to Ladakh after the other two roads: the Manali-Leh road and Srinagar-Leh highway.
The work on reopening an alternative road to Ladakh from Himachal Pradesh has been expedited as it is a strategically key road, said an official on condition of anonymity, adding the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
The sources said various road projects are being expedited for movement of troops to various key areas like Daulat Beg Oldie as well as Depsang along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh.
The Border Roads Organisation is also working on another crucial road connecting Ladakh with Depsang plains. The road will provide access the Sub-Sector North (SSN) in Ladakh.

The trigger for the standoff in eastern Ladakh was China’s stiff opposition to India laying a key road in the Finger area around the Pangong Tso Lake besides construction of another road connecting the Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie road.
The road in the Finger area in Pangong Tso is considered crucial for India to carry out patrols. India has already decided not to stall any border infrastructure projects in eastern Ladakh.
Last month, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the progress of various infrastructure projects that are under construction in border areas including in Ladakh region at a high-level meeting.
In the meeting, he had instructed the Border Roads Organisation to expedite work on the road linking Darcha with Ladakh, the sources said.
India and China have held several rounds of military and diplomatic talks in the last two-and-half months but no significant headway has been made in resolution of the border row in eastern Ladakh.

The formal process of disengagement of troops began on July 6, a day after a nearly two-hour telephonic conversation between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on ways to bring down tensions in the area.
However, the process has not moved forward since mid-July.
The Chinese military has pulled back from Galwan Valley and certain other friction points but the withdrawal of troops has not moved forward in Pangong Tso, Depsang and a couple of other areas, sources said.
In the five rounds of corps commander-level talks, the Indian side has been insisting on complete disengagement of Chinese troops at the earliest, and immediate restoration of status quo ante in all areas of eastern Ladakh prior to April.
Even as both sides have been engaged in diplomatic and military talks, the Indian Army is making elaborate preparation to maintain its current strength of troops in all key areas in eastern Ladakh in the harsh winter months. PTI



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`This road is ready except for a 30-kilometre stretch. Now the Army can use this road. The importance of this road is that the Army can save almost 5-6 hours in transit from Manali to Leh,` superintendent engineer, Commander 16 BRTF, MK Jain said.



New Delhi: Amid ongoing tensions at the India-China border, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has almost finished work on the third road, also known as the Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road which will reportedly give strategic connectivity to security forces as it will be untraceable for the neighbouring countries.


This road will also save a lot of time as the older ones took almost 12-14 hours to reach Leh from Manali, but on the new road, it will take only 6 to 7 hours.


The two other roads namely Srinagar-Kargil-Leh and Manali Sarchu-Leh roads, are exposed as they are close to the International Border which makes it easy for the enemy to keep a watch on them. Further,


One of the most important aspects of this road is that unlike others it can remain open almost throughout the year, whereas, the two other roads used to stay open for only 6-7 months and were usually closed from November.


BRO engineers said this road is functional now and is ready for heavy vehicles weighing multiple tonnes.


"This road is ready except for a 30-kilometre stretch. Now the Army can use this road. The importance of this road is that the Army can save almost 5-6 hours in transit from Manali to Leh. Also, because this road is untraceable by other countries, Army movement can happen without much security risk. This road is not close to any border," superintendent engineer, Commander 16 BRTF, MK Jain said.


"Moreover, as this road is at low altitudes, it can be opened for almost 10-11 months for vehicle movement. This road is 258 kilometres long. We have given connectivity by diverting and connecting it to a different road as the 30-kilometre stretch is yet to be completed," he added.


The route mainly used for transportation of goods and personnel is the one from Zojila, which passes through the Drass-Kargil axis to Leh.


The same route was targeted heavily by the Pakistanis during the Kargil war in 1999 and was subjected to frequent bombarding and shelling by their troops from positions in high altitude mountains alongside the road.



 

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Rohtang Tunnel / Atal Tunnel will provide gateway to Ladakh via Darcha Padum.
Ots importance is strategic for reaching Remote areas.


Atal tunnel will reduce Manali-Leh distance by 46 km, provide round the year connectivity

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Sep 5, 2020 10:58 PM

Once completed, the Atal Rohtang tunnel will provide round the year connectivity to Ladakh besides reducing the travel time considerably.



The strategic Atal Tunnel, connecting Rohtang to Leh border is now ready amid the ongoing India-China standoff at Ladakh border. Among the civic works that began almost a decade ago, the Atal Tunnel named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is the world's longest motorable road at an altitude of over 3,000 metres or 10,000 feet.

The 8.8-kilometre-long tunnel, which cuts through the Pir Panjal range in the Lesser Himalayan region, will now ensure all-weather connectivity between Manali and Leh. Once the tunnel is inaugurated, the distance between Manali and Leh will be reduced by about 46 kilometres.

"The Atal Rohtang Tunnel is built at an altitude of 10,000 feet and is connected to the Rohtang Pass. It is also 10 metres wide. Now, the distance from Manali to Leh will be reduced by 46 kilometres," said Brigadier KP Purushothaman, Chief Engineer, BRO's Atal Tunnel.

Explaining how the tunnel was prepared under difficult circumstances, Brig Purushothaman said while it used take almost five hours to cross the Rohtang pass, the tunnel will now let you zip through in a little over 10 minutes.
India Today TV visited Rohtang to get a closer look at the much talked about Atal Tunnel.

The tunnel's construction on June 28, 2010 and has been built by the Border Road Organization (BRO), India's strategic infrastructure development agency.


Bearing extreme temperature fluctuations, the BRO engineers extracted almost 8 lakh cubic metres of stone and soil during the tunnel construction. While the summer months gave the men the opportunity to excavate five metres per day, it was reduced to half a metres during the winter.

Once the situation goes back to normal in the post-Covid scenario, the tunnel is expected to accommodate up to 3,000 cars and 1,500 trucks. It has been built at a cost of approximately Rs 4,000 crore. State-of-the-art Australian tunnelling methods have been used inside it along with a ventilation system based on Australian technology.

Speaking about its strategic significance, officials said the tunnel will provide better connectivity to the troops deployed in Ladakh. They will be able to deliver weapons and logistics in a short time throughout the year.

This tunnel will not only connect Manali to Leh but will also ease traffic in Lahaul-Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. It will also connect Lahaul-Spiti district with Manali in Kullu district.

Another intriguing feature of this tunnel is the provision of an escape tunnel under the main tunnel. This would act as an emergency exit in case of an untoward accident.

Vehicles will be able to travel at a maximum speed of 80 kilometres per hour. The tunnel also provides for a telephone booth every 150 metres, fire hydrants every 60 metres and emergency gates every 500 metres. There is a turning cavern every 2.2 km and air quality monitoring systems in every one km. Broadcasting system and automatic incident detection system with CCTV cameras are also placed at every 250 metres.







 

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10 years in making, longest bridge on Manali–Leh highway complete
Set to open for traffic this month
  • Posted: Oct 07, 2020 11:45 AM (IST)

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Known as Barsi Bridge, it is the second longest bridge of its kind in the country after the Col Chewang Rinchen Setu across Shyok river on route to the world’s highest landing ground at Daulat Beg Oldie in Ladakh.


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Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 7

The longest bridge on the strategic Manali – Leh highway, located in Himachal Pradesh, is complete and will be opened for traffic this month.

While easing the flow of traffic, the new structure had greatly increased load carrying capacity.
Known as Barsi Bridge, it is the second longest bridge of its kind in the country after the Col Chewang Rinchen Setu across Shyok river on route to the world’s highest landing ground at Daulat Beg Oldie in Ladakh.

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The 360-meter long bridge over the Bhaga river at Darcha took about 10 years to construct owing to the difficult terrain, inclement weather and limited working season due to long snow bound winters, BRO sources said.
It is a steel-truss structure in which the load bearing super structure is constructed of a rigid assembly of steel beams. In addition to the abutments on either end, the length is supported by five piers arising from the river bed.
The project was executed by 70 Road Construction Company of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). The same unit had also constructed the 100-meter steel truss bridge connecting the north portal of Atal Tunnel under the Rohtang Pass that was inaugurated this month, with the Manali – Leh Highway at Sissu near Keylong.

Located in Lahaul region about 33 kms ahead of Keylong, Darcha is at an altitude of 11,020 feet, higher than Leh, and is the last permanent settlement on this route in Himachal. It is also here that the alternate route to Kargil-via Padum branches off from the highway.
According to BRO officials, barring a small old bridge over the main water channel, most of the existing route between the two banks was an unpaved track laying across the wide river bed which was prone to floods, rock hazards or high-water levels, especially during rains, thereby disrupting traffic.
The Bhaga River is a tributary of Chenab River and originates from the Suraj Tal, a few kilometers south of the Baralacha Pass. The only way to overcome the problem was to build a permanent bridge well above the riverbed.
According to BRO sources, work on the bridge had also remained suspended for some time in the past due to administrative reasons. It was only about four years ago that it resumed and picked up speed recently.
The Manali – Leh route, known as National Highway – 3, provides the vital alternate road axis to Ladakh, the other being the Srinagar – Leh axis. BRO has been engaged in upgrading the Manali – Leh axis, which lies across some of the highest motorable passes in the world such as Baralacha La, Tanglang La, Nakee La and Lachung La, touching heights of 17,500 feet, to double lane specifications.

About 90 per cent of the work on this route, which remains closed to traffic during winters because of snow, is reportedly complete. Proposed tunnels under these passes, similar to the Atal Tunnel that took 10 years, would make the route all weather.


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The Darcha-Barsi bridge in Lahaul, the second longest bridge of its kind in the country, will improve connectivity with Leh.

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12 October 2020

After Atal tunnel, Two New Bridges Opened In Himachal


Two new bridges have been opened in Himachal Pradesh
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Less than a fortnight after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the strategically important Atal Rohtang Tunnel, yet another border infrastructure project – the 360-meter long Darcha- Barsi bridge, was opened to traffic on the Manali-Leh road.
Described as the second longest bridge of its kind at a height of 11,020 ft in the country, the bridge has taken almost 10 years to complete, at a cost of Rs 27.25 crore.
Darcha is located in Lahaul region, about 33 kms ahead of Keylong- the district headquarter of Lahaul-Spiti, which has been directly benefited by the Atal Rohtang Tunnel. During the winter months, the entire valley used to remain cu t off from the rest of the world because of heavy snowfall and closure of the 13,059 feet Rohtang Pass. The 9.02 km long ultra-modern tunnel has reduced a distance of 46 km between Manali and Keylong, cutting short the journey time to Leh-Ladakh, a new hotspot after the stand-off between India Army and Chinese PLA.
The Darcha-Barsi bridge is built on Bagga river, which joins with Chandra river at Tandi in Lahaul to flow down into Jammu & Kashmir as the Chenab.


“Every year the water rise in Bagga river used to wash away the temporary bridge, which the BRO used to lay each time for mobility of the Indian army to Leh-Ladakh. The span of the river, which got widened to 360 metres, was a challenge but the BRO has set an example to lay a permanent steel bridge,” said Dr Ram Lal Markanda, minister for tribal affairs and local MLA. The project has been accomplished by 70 Road Construction Company of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), says an official release of the Himachal Pradesh government.
Union Defence minister Rajnath Singh dedicated the bridge to the nation, conducting the ceremony through a video conference. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Dr Markanda joined the event. Singh also dedicated the 110 metre Palchan bridge constructed over Beas river on Manali-Solang-Leh highway. This bridge, constructed at cost of of Rs. 12.83 crore, will provide connectivity between Manali and the Rohtang Tunnel.
BRO officials told Outlook that the construction of the bridge took 10 years because of geographical challenges, minimal working period in the year (the area remains under snow and extreme cold for six to seven months) and unpredictable weather. The work was also abandoned for a few years due to some other unforeseen factors. The availability of labour and transporting the material via Rohtang Pass to the site was also a great challenge.


The commissioning of Rohtang Tunnel has already increased the tourists influx to Keylong. As per reports, the hotels in the Lahaul valley are running with almost 80 percent occupancy. The hoteliers in the Spiti area however, had decided not to open their hotels and guest houses till October 31 due to the COVID scare. Some of the ancient temples in Lahaul like Trilokinath and Mrikula Mata temple are attracting huge crowds of tourists and devotees.
Brigadier K P Purushothaman, Chief Engineer of Rohtang Tunnel announced on Monday that tunnel will remain closed at between 9 pm to 6 am from October 14 to facilitate laying of a 33 KVA cable for improving electricity connectivity to the Lahaul valley, which had been facing power interruptions and low voltage problems. “Also, during the day, the tunnel will remain closed for one hour between 2 pm to 3 pm for maintenance purposes,” he said. This has been communicated to the Chief Secretary Anil Khachi and DC Kullu Dr Richa Verma.


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Rajnath Singh dedicates 44 Bridges Built by BRO across seven States and UTs, lays Foundation Stone for Nechiphu Tunnel

New Delhi: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh dedicated 44 permanent major bridges to the nation and also laid foundation stone of Nechiphu Tunnel through video conferencing from New Delhi today.
Rajnath Singh said that all these bridges would go a long way in providing better connectivity to the border areas of the country.




Out of these total 44 bridges inaugurated, two bridges were in Himachal Pradesh which includes Darcha Barsi bridge on the Manali-Sarchu-Leh highway. The bridge, spanning 360 meter runs over Bhaga river at Darcha and is the second longest bridge in the country. This bridge has been constructed by spending Rs. 27.25 crore.
Besides improving the flow of traffic, the new bridge, would prove helpful in increased load carrying ability. Darcha is located in Lahaul region, about 33 kms ahead of Keylong, at a height of 11020 ft, which is the last permanent settlement on this route in the state. The project has been accomplished by 70 Road Construction Company of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).

Another bridge dedicated today by Union Raksha Mantri is 110-meter Palchan bridge constructed over Beas river on Manali-Solang-Leh highway. This bridge has been constructed by spending an amount of Rs. 12.83 crore.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also laid Foundation Stone of the strategically important Nechiphu Tunnel on the road to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. This 450 mtrs long, bi-lane tunnel would ensure all weather connectivity across Nechiphu Pass besides providing a safe and secure passage through accident prone areas.
Lt Gen Harpal Singh, DG BRO, said the 44 bridges of various spans ranging from 30 mtrs to 484 mtrs are located in J&K (10), Ladakh (08), Himachal Pradesh (02), Punjab (04), Uttarakhand (08), Arunachal Pradesh (08) and Sikkim (04). They are of strategic importance and have been designed to facilitate movement of heavy civil & military traffic in border areas.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur joined the event from his official residence Oakover. Tribal Development Minister Dr. Ram Lal Markanda, Chief Engineer BRO Brig.M.S. Baghi and Col. J.S. Bargoti were present at Shimla, whereas Education Minister Govind Thakur and Member of Parliament Ram Swaroop Sharma joined the event through video conference.


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Leh (Ladakh), Sept 05 (ANI): Highway connecting Nimmu-Darcha-Leh to be boon for the movement without being tracked by enemies. The highway is vital amid tensed situation at China border as it stays open for 10-11 months. It will help to reach the destination in half of the time. Superintending Engineer Commander 16 Brtf, MK Jain said, “Importance of this route is that it is the shortest route for the army and civilian to travel from Manali or Jammu side. Secondly, it traverses through low altitude comparatively so it can be utilized for 10-11 months. This road is not going through borders, so army movement cannot be seen by enemies.”



 

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Amid the standoff with China, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is almost ready with Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road which will connect Manali to Leh making a hassle-free speedy travel for security forces.
 

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