Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday inaugurated a street hyperlink between Dharchula (Uttarakhand) and Lipulekh (India-China border) which is able to drastically minimize the journey time of the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims. The new street has shortened the journey by 10 kilometres and has curtailed the length by a number of days.
The pilgrims used to take an arduous two-three weeks journey to the shrine. With the brand new street hyperlink, they’ll be capable of full it in per week. It may also spare them some troublesome terrain.
“Earlier, while undertaking the journey, 80 per cent of the route fell in China’s jurisdiction. But now it has been reversed. As of now, pilgrims will undertake 84 per cent of the land journey on Indian roads and only 16 per cent in China,” a senior bureaucrat within the Ministry of Defence instructed NDTV.
He mentioned the work alongside this route has been expedited within the final two years. “Earlier, we could manage only 2 km stretch in a year, but in the last year, we managed to complete almost 20 km in a year,” he mentioned.
Border Road Organisation (BRO) chief Lt Gen Harpal Singh identified that the development of this street was hampered attributable to a number of issues.
“Constant snowfall, steep rise in altitude and extremely low temperatures restricted the working season to five months,” he instructed Mr Singh.
Also, he mentioned, the development season coincided with the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. Movement of native merchants to China additionally interfered with the work because it decreased working hours.
“The terrain is very critical. There are numerous flash floods and cloud bursts in the last few years, which led to extensive damages,” a senior Defence Ministry official mentioned.
In the preliminary 20 kilometres, he mentioned, mountains have onerous rocks and are close to vertical attributable to which BRO has misplaced many lives. 25 gear have been additionally badly broken as they fell into River Kali, he provides.
Despite all odds, within the final two years, the BRO might enhance its output by 20 occasions by creating a number of working factors and inducting fashionable expertise gear, sources say. Helicopters have been additionally extensively used to induct a whole bunch of tons of shops into this sector.
The street begins at Ghatiabagarh and terminates at Lipulekh Pass, the gateway to Kailash Mansarovar.
On this 80-km street, the altitude rises 6,000 to 17,060 ft. With the completion of this challenge, the arduous trek by means of treacherous high-altitude terrain can now be averted by the pilgrims.
“With the completion of this crucial road link, the decades old dreams and aspirations of the local people and pilgrims have been fulfilled,” the Defence Minister mentioned.