Shinkun La’s tunnel of BRO in Ladakh Cleared by Defence ministry

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On Wednesday defence minister Rajnath Singh gave a thumbs up to the border roads' organisation 4.5 km tunnel under the  5091m high shinkun la pass to make a new road to connect Manali and Leh so that all Indian army supplies could reach the ladakh sector easily. According to a statement of South block officials, Rajnath Singh had to decide between VRO and national highways and infrastructure development corporation limited proposal which plans to construct a 13.5 kilometre tunnel making a new road alignment.

“Both BRO and NHIDCL made presentations before the minister in March 2021. After studying both the proposals, the defence ministry has decided in favour of a shorter tunnel. The decision could not be put on the paper as a number of senior officials involved in this project were hit by Covid-19 infection,” said an apex official. Considering the cost and the design and basic electromechanical requirements' defence minister give a go ahead to BRO's shorter project but mention that the project could not be issued and started now as the top officials involved are stuck amidst the rage of Covid-19.

Source- Hindustan Times



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