Khardunga La No longer the World’s Highest Road
In a major feat, the Border Roads Organization (BRO) has constructed the world’s highest motorable road in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, passing through Umling La Top at a height of over 19,300 feet.
The feat was achieved under “Project Himank” of the BRO. Being close to Hanle, the 86-km-long strategic road through Umling La Top connects Chisumle and Demchok villages, located 230km from Leh. These villages are very close to the India-China border in eastern sector, a spokesman of BRO said.
Starting with the bone-chilling climate, which is always adverse for construction activities.
During the peak of summer, the region’s temperature hovers between minus 10-20 degrees Celsius, and in winters, it drops to minus 40 degrees.
Not to forget, oxygen levels plummet to 50 percent of what is normal at that height.
The adverse climate and physically demanding work resulted in the temporary loss of vision and memory for workers and also caused blood pressure levels to shoot up.
The Project Himank has already constructed roads like Khardung La at an altitude of 17,900 ft and Chang La Pass at 17,695 ft in Leh by connecting Nubra valley and Durbuk valley in the cold desert.