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BRO connects strategic Nimmu-Padam- Darcha Road in Ladakh

BRO connects strategic Nimmu-Padam-Darcha Road in Ladakh


LEH: Border Roads Organisation (BRO) connected strategic Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road in Ladakh on 25 Mar 24. This 298 Km road will connect Manali to Leh through Darcha and Nimmu on Kargil –Leh Highway.

Nimmu-Padam-Darcha Road will be the third axis to connect Ladakh which is shorter than other two axes. The true measure of a nation’s progress is not just its highways in cities but also the connectivity it provides to its remotest corners.

As the nation was celebrating the festival of colours, Holi, the intrepid personnel of BRO were tirelessly cutting through vertical rock face connecting the final stretch of Niraq gorge in subzero temperature.

25th Mar 2024 marked the culmination of many years of hardwork, toil, dedication and perseverance by BRO personnel in one of the most challenging terrain and trying weather conditions in the world. With teams engaged on both sides, success came at 2350 hours on 25 Mar 24.

Execution of Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road is not just about infrastructure and transportation; its about bridging the gap between aspirations and opportunities, its about empowerment and commitment towards a better future for the people living in Zanskar Valley.

The Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road is now the third axis apart from Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh which connects Ladakh to the hinterland. The Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road derives its strategic importance from the fact that it is not only shorter vis-a-vis the other two axes, but crosses only one pass; Shinkun La (16,558 feet) on which tunnel work is about to commence by BRO. This will result in the Road Nimmu-Padam-Darcha having all weather connectivity to strategically important Ladakh region.

The provision of connectivity along this strategic third axis to Ladakh will give a quantum boost to our defence preparedness along the Northern Borders.

The Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road has a length of 298 Kms and connects Manali to Leh through Darcha (NH-03) and Nimmu on Kargil-Leh Highway. The road while being extremely important from a strategic perspective will also give a tremendous boost to economic development in the Zanskar valley.

Speaking about the successful establishment of connectivity, Lt Gen Raghu Srinivasan, VSM the DG Border Roads said, “In January when the River Zansakar was frozen, we used this to our advantage and moved equipment and personnel along the frozen river to establish additional attack points. This enhanced the progress of work. Today we have established the connectivity on this vital axis. Soon we will start work on black topping the road. With construction of Shinkun La tunnel commencing, the third all weather axis to Ladakh will be established.”

At this historical juncture it is important to acknowledge the supreme sacrifice made by those BRO personnel who laid down their lives constructing this road. Accolades are due to the indomitable spirit, dedication and perseverance of BRO personnel whose untiring efforts have made this possible. The Nimmu-Padam-Darcha road demonstrates BRO’s commitment towards development of roads and infrastructure along our borders.


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