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India Gets the Highest Motorable Road in the World
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In response to Chinese aggression of road infrastructure near LAC in Ladakh, Border Roads Organisation constructed the world’s highest motorable road going through a pass at a height of over 19,300 feet.

The Border Road Organisation (BRO) in India has just unveiled ‘Project Himank’, the world’s highest motorable road in Ladakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The road passes through the Umlingla Top at a height of over 19,300 feet.

Project Himank

Being close to Hanle, the 86 km long strategic road connects Chisumle and Demchok villages, located 230 Kms from Leh. These villages are stone’s throw away from the Indo-China border in the eastern sector, according to a BRO spokesperson.

Project Himank

Chief Engineer, Project Himank, Brigadier D M Purvimath, said: “During peak summers, the temperature hovers around minus 10-20 degrees Celsius, and in winters, it dips to minus 40 degrees. Oxygen level at the altitude is 50 per cent less than at normal places. The efficiency of machines and manpower declines by 50 per cent due to the harsh climate and less oxygen level. Also, machine operators have to come down every 10 minutes for oxygen. Such a construction does not come without a cost, but given the national and strategic importance of the road, our men and machinery worked overnight to meet the targets set out by Director-General, Border Roads”

The Project Himank has already constructed roads like Khardangu La at an altitude of 17,900 ft and Changla Pass at 17,695 ft in Leh by connecting Nobra valley and Durbuk valley in the cold desert.

BRO Motorable Road Project Himank