The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has embarked on a momentous mission to construct the ‘Likaru-Mig La-Fukche’ road in Ladakh’s Demchok sector. This project is poised to achieve a groundbreaking feat by establishing the world’s highest motorable road, perched at an astonishing altitude of around 19,400 feet. This remarkable endeavor not only surpasses the existing record held by Umling La Pass but also stands as a testament to India’s commitment to enhancing its infrastructure and bolstering national security.
This trailblazing road, spanning a length of 64 kilometers, will serve as a vital link connecting strategically important military outposts within the sensitive Fukche sector. The Fukche region, situated a mere three kilometers away from the contested Line of Actual Control (LAC), gains enhanced accessibility and fortified communication through the construction of this road. The endeavor is poised to significantly contribute to national security efforts.
The construction of the ‘Likaru-Mig La-Fukche’ road demonstrates the BRO’s unwavering dedication and innovative engineering prowess. By surpassing the previous record altitude of 19,024 feet held by Umling La in Ladakh, the BRO not only raises the bar for motorable road construction but also underscores its commitment to improving regional connectivity and accessibility.
A remarkable aspect of this endeavor is the leadership of an all-woman unit within the BRO. Under the guidance of Colonel Ponung Doming, a team of five women combat engineers has assumed a pioneering role in supervising the Likaru-Mig La-Fukche road project. This progressive approach highlights both gender inclusivity and the remarkable competence of women in high-stakes construction endeavors.
In addition to the ‘Likaru-Mig La-Fukche’ road project, the BRO is concurrently engaged in two other monumental initiatives. The first involves the construction of the Shinku La tunnel, a pivotal passage connecting Manali to Leh via Zanskar. This tunnel is poised to surpass China’s MiLa tunnel record upon completion. The second undertaking is the development of the ‘Nyoma Airfield’ in Eastern Ladakh, which will eventually stand as one of the world’s highest airfields. These initiatives collectively underscore the BRO’s dedication to bolstering ground and air connectivity in the region.