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Shinku La Tunnel

Shinku La Tunnel:

The Border Roads Organisation will construct the world’s highest tunnel at Shinku La Pass at 16,580 feet to connect Himachal to Zanskar valley in Ladakh.

  • The developments come at a time when the military standoff between India and China in eastern Ladakh has entered its fifth year, with no indication of a resolution to the outstanding problems along the contested Line of Actual Control (LAC).
  • The Shinku La tunnel is a significant infrastructure project aimed at enhancing connectivity in the border areas of Ladakh.
  • The tunnel will be constructed at an altitude of over 16,500 feet.
  • It is situated on the Nimu-Padam-Darcha Road link, which connects Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh.
  • The construction of this tunnel is expected to be completed by 2025.
  • The primary purpose of the Shinku La tunnel is to provide all-weather connectivity to the border areas of Ladakh.
  • It will facilitate the swift movement of troops and heavy weaponry to forward areas.
  • It will provide the Indian military access to the border areas of Ladakh from the Himachal side
  • The completion of this project will improve the financial condition of Zanskar Valley residents by giving impetus to tourism.
  • It will significantly enhance connectivity and security in the region.