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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurates 80 km link road for Kailash Mansarovar through VC

On May 08, 2020, Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has inaugurated 80km strategically crucial road link connecting Lipulekh pass (China Border) with Dharchula in Uttarakhand through video conferencing (VC). He also flagged off a convoy of vehicles from Pithoragarh to Gunji (Both in Uttarakhand).Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurates 80 km longKey Points:

i.Road for Kailash- Mansarovar Yatra:

  • The Border Roads Organization (BRO) has constructed the road that originates from Ghatiabagarh and it ends at Lipulekh Pass which is a gateway to Kailash-Mansarovar.
  • It will help pilgrims visiting Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet as it is around 90 kms from the Lipulekh pass. This road, which has an altitude ranging from 6000 to 17060 feet, constructed along the banks of river Kali between India and Nepal.

ii.With this connectivity, passengers will now take 6 days less to travel than before, a light vehicle can ply up to 75 kms (5 km short of boundary) and a five day trek will be reduced to two days.

iii.The event was attended by Director General of BRO Lt Gen Harpal Singh,Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane, Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar, Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Almora (Uttarakhand) Shri Ajay Tamta and senior officials of Ministry of Defence and BRO.

About Ministry of Defence:
Headquarters
– New Delhi
Minister of State– Shri Shripad Yesso Naik

About Border Roads Organisation(BRO):
Headquarters
– New Delhi
Director General –Lt Gen Harpal Singh, PVSM, AVSM, VSM