SHINKUN LA TUNNEL  (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Infrastructure)

News-CRUX-10     9th May 2024        
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Context:  The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is preparing to commence the construction of the Shinkun La Tunnel.

Shinkun La Tunnel 

  • About: It is an upcoming motorable passage situated beneath the 16,580 feet high Shinku-La pass.
  • Location: Positioned on the Nimu-Padam-Darcha Road link, it connects Himachal’s Lahaul Valley and Ladakh’s Zanskar Valley.
  • Length: 4.25 Km
  • Part of: Project Yojak
  • Connectivity: This tunnel will offer all-weather road access to Ladakh, serving as the shortest route to its border regions.
  • Authority: The Border Roads Organization (BRO) 
  • Strategic Significance: Expected to optimize transportation of heavy machinery to key strategic locations like Kargil, Siachen, and the Line of Control (LOC), potentially reducing travel distances by about 100 km.
  • Security: Traffic movement within the tunnel will be shielded from long-range artillery or missile threats from neighboring countries, enhancing security.

Border Roads Organisation (BRO)

  • About: It is a road construction executive force in India that provides support to Indian Armed Forces formed on 7 May 1960.
  • Motto: Guided by the motto "Shramena Sarvam Sadhyam".
  • Nodal Agency: Ministry of Defence.