Darcha–Padum Road built

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The ongoing tussle at LAC will hopefully result in completion of the Darcha-Padam-Nimoo road much before the deadlines. 4.5KM tunnel under the Shinkoo La pass in 2 years is way too ambitious by the Indian standards





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If govt. can complete the Shiku La tunnel at 16500 ft in two years then it will be some achievement




Not going to happen this


Also Padum to Nimmu road on Zanskar is far from complete. Around 80km stretch is still yet to be cut.
 

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Govt pushes hard to complete 1st all-weather route to Ladakh

Senior military commanders said the third route to connect Ladakh by road is urgently needed given Pakistan and its all-weather friend, China’s interest in the Siachen Glacier and Daulat Beg Oldie.

INDIA Updated: Aug 26, 2020, 23:20 IST
Shishir Gupta

Shishir Gupta
Hindustan Time, New Delhi

An Indian army convoy moves on the Srinagar- Ladakh highway at Gagangeer, north-east of Srinagar.


An Indian army convoy moves on the Srinagar- Ladakh highway at Gagangeer, north-east of Srinagar.(AP)

India’s national security planners are pushing hard to complete an all-weather strategic route to Ladakh that will link Darcha in Himachal Pradesh to Nimu via Padum in Kargil’s Zanskar valley, people familiar with the matter said.

Senior military commanders said the third route to connect Ladakh by road is urgently needed given Pakistan and its all-weather friend, China’s interest in the Siachen Glacier and Daulat Beg Oldie.
Nimu is 35 kilometres from Leh town and headquarters of XIV Corps responsible for the defence of East Ladakh and Siachen Glacier.
This will be the first all-weather route to Ladakh which is already connected by two other routes; the first via Zoji La in Jammu and Kashmir and the second, via Himachal’s Manali-Upshi-Leh axis. The 9.02 kilometre Atal tunnel at Rohtang La, which will reduce the distance between Manali and Leh by 46 km, is set to become operational next month.
The defence ministry’s road project is being pushed hard by road and highways minister Nitin Gadkari and his colleague Gen VK Singh after China provoked a standoff along the Line of Actual Control in East Ladakh and started mobilising troops in the depth areas. New Delhi perceives Beijing’s reluctance to disengage despite reminders as an effort to create a new normal at the border.

Officials said the third route requires upgrading the Darcha-Padum-Nimu trekking route into a metalled road and building a 4.5-kilometre tunnel under Shingo La on the Darcha-Padum route. The project, which has been in the pipeline for a decade, is scheduled to be completed by the defence ministry within two years.
In an effort to ensure that the project meets its two-year deadline, Gadkari’s ministry has proposed that the task to build the tunnel should be given to the company that constructed the 9.02 km tunnel at Rohtang La on the condition that it meets the timeline.
According to military commanders, the need to build the third axis was felt as tunnelling would be required under four more high mountain passes on the existing Manali-Leh route if the road has to be kept open through the year. The Atal tunnel at Rohtang La on this route has been built at a height of 10,171 feet and is already the world’s longest at this altitude.

The four passes that would require tunnels on the existing Manali-Leh route are at higher altitudes: Baralacha La (16,500 feet), Nakee La (15,547 feet), Lachung La (16,616 feet), and Tanglang La (17,480 feet). These passes are only open for traffic between mid-May and mid-November and covered with deep snow remaining part of the year.
However, the Darcha-Padum-Nimu route requires only a single 4.5 km tunnel through the 16,570 feet Shingo La between Darcha and Padum to ensure that the road is closed only for two months in winter. Darcha is 147 kilometres from Manali and lies on the highway to Leh after Jispa and Keylong across Rohtang La.
The distance between Darcha and Padum is about 148 kilometres with the Zanskar sub-divisional town connected to Kargil via a 230-km long single lane road. Work is already on to construct the Darcha-Padum road with another 260 km road work in progress between Padum and Nimu.

“We are looking to build a road that bisects the Leh-Kargil highway around Lamayuru monastery and connects Darcha via Padum. This road will allow the Indian military and the local population to get round-the-year supplies… The route is not under the prying eyes of the Pakistan Army as in Kaksar in Kargil district or the DSDBO (Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie) route that is under the observation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA),” said a former army chief who asked not to be named.
Apart from keeping supply lines open for the military guarding Siachen, Kargil and DBO sectors, the Darcha-Nimu route will also develop the new union territory of Ladakh to match the aspirations of its people.


 

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Also Padum to Nimmu road on Zanskar is far from complete. Around 80km stretch is still yet to be cut.
BRO has already cut and operationalized the Padum-Lingshed-Lamayuru road. However, this route too has two high passes which will get closed during winters (BRO may have kept them open somehow this year due to China issue). I think BRO should work on war footing to put tarmac on the entire stretch of Darch-Padum-Lingshed-Lamayuru road and tunneling on all three passes namely Shinku la, Singe la and Sirsir La.

We should put on hold the Padum-Nimmu road which i believe has a very difficult topography to cut through. That is why the work has been on standstill for past many years. Instead deploy all the resources on Padum-Lingshed-Lamayuru axis so that this route gets motorable for the army and tourists alike within 2-3 years.
 

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We should put on hold the Padum-Nimmu road which i believe has a very difficult topography to cut through. That is why the work has been on standstill for past many years. Instead deploy all the resources on Padum-Lingshed-Lamayuru axis so that this route gets motorable for the army and tourists alike within 2-3 years.
I agree with it as you have to provide resources on the practically possible solutions first.
After this only Padum-Nimmu road job should be preferred with the help of good experts.
Other than this, machinery or other infrastructure will also need heavy investment to keep open ways in such difficult terrain.
 
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