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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
14-May-2012 14:52 IST
All-Weather Roads of BRO
There are two major axes connecting Jammu & Kashmir with Ladakh and other areas: Manali-Darcha-Sarchu-Leh and Srinagar- Kargil-Leh. Both roads are under development to double lane specifications.

To make these roads accessible throughout the year, tunnels have been proposed. On Manali-Darcha-Sarchu-Leh, one tunnel at Rohtang is under construction. Probable date of completion is February 2015. Further on this road beyond Darcha, there is another alignment leading to Leh, Darcha-Shinkhunla-Padam- Nimu-Leh, which is being developed under Prime Minister's Re¬construction Plan in J&K.

The Upgradation of Manali-Darcha-Sarchu-Leh road with a tunnel at Rohtang is likely to be completed by 2015. The road Darcha- Shinkhunla-Padam-Nimu-Leh is likely to be completed by 2021.

The Upgradation of road Srinagar-Kargil-Leh to double lane specifications is in progress and likely to be completed by 2015. To make it accessible throughout the year, feasibility study of two tunnels at Z-morh and Zozilla are in progress.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri A K Antony in awritten reply to Shri S.S. Ramasubbu in Lok Sabha today.

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