Defence Minister inaugurates Dharchula-Lipulekh road
The flagging off was through video conferencing
Union Minister of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the road link from Dharchula (Uttarakhand) to Lipulekh (China Border).
He also flagged off a convoy of vehicles from Pithoragarh to Gunji through video conferencing.
The local trade and economic growth in the region will be strengthened with the operationalisation of the roadway.
With the completion of the road link, the Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra can be completed in one week compared to two to three weeks earlier through Sikkim or Nepal routes.
The project was undertaken by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). Helicopters were also extensively used to induct hundreds of tons of stores/equipment into this sector.
The road originates from Ghatiabagarh and terminates at Lipulekh Pass, the gateway to Kailash-Mansarovar. The altitude rises from 6,000 to 17,060 ft in the 80 km road.
Lipulekh route had a trek of 90 km through high altitude terrain. The other two roadways are via Sikkim and Nepal. They entailed approximately 20 percent land journeys on Indian roads and 80% land journeys in China.
With the opening of Ghatiabgarh-Lipulekh road, the ratio has been reversed. Pilgrims to Manasarovar will traverse 84% land journeys on Indian roads and only 16% land journeys in China.