With the relentless efforts of Border Roads Organisation, Darcha Road was finally connected with the 5,050 metre high Shinkula Pass on Saturday. This will now connect the people of Lahaul Valley with Zanskar Valley in tribal district Lahaul and Spiti.
BRO commander KP Rajendra said, “We are finally able to connect the 39.6km-long road between Darcha and 5,050 meter high Shinkula Pass, which will connect people of Lahaul Valley with Zanskar Valley.”
According to BRO Commander there was a proposal to connect Shinkula Pass from both sides in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu Kashmir, which would be a direct road link for Kargil Sector in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Presently there is a single way to reach Kargil via 474 km long Manali-Leh highway. But with the connection of Darcha Road with Shinkula Pass, the road will become an option to reach Kargil sector directly as a shortest route for army vehicles, which at present were forced to ply via Manali-Leh highway,” said Rajendra.
“The work of road construction is on progress from both side via Shinkula Pass from Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir side, which will be completed within next few years and opening of that road will diminish considerable distance to reach Kargil sector in Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.
Due to heavy snowfall in the region, the road remains closed for vehicular activities from October onward till month of June every year.