Army identifies 2 all-weather rail, road links in Ladakh

Army identifies 2 all-weather rail, road links in Ladakh

NEW DELHI: Indian Army has identified 14 rail lines as Strategic Railway Lines. Two of them are in Leh-Ladakh region. Out of these two, Bilaspur-Mandi-Manali-Leh rail line has been prioritised for undertaking Final Location Survey (FLS).
Border Roads Organisation (BRO) constructs all weather dependable roads to provide connectivity upto international borders in a planned and phased manner. At present BRO has 40 roads of length 2970.62 Km under construction / up-gradation and additional 13 roads of length 282.49 Km under maintenance only to provide connectivity to the border areas in the Ladakh Region.
In addition to above, BRO is constructing Rohtang Tunnel in Himachal Pradesh to provide all weather road connectivity in the Ladakh Region.An operational committee in the Ministry of Railways has been constituted to monitor time line for FLS.For road networks various initiatives at functional level are undertaken by BRO to expedite the infrastructure development.
This information was given by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Rajani Patil in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.