The Indian Army’s Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has created a world record for constructing and black-topping the world’s highest motorable road at Umling La Pass in Ladakh. The road has been constructed at an altitude of 19,024 feet.
Union minister for road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari, also congratulated BRO for achieving this record from Guinness Book of World Records.
The new highest motorable road will be even more challenging for drivers than the Khardung La Pass. The construction of the 52-km long tarmac road at Umling La Pass was finished in August this year. The pass now connects the towns in the Chumar sector of Eastern Ladakh. Also, it provides an alternate direct route connecting Chisumle and Dhemchuk from Leh which will help the locals.
During the peak winter season, temperature at Umling La Pass can drop to -40 degrees. The Indian Army’s road-building wing received Guinness World Record certificate on 16 November 2021. Due to the construction of the pass, it will also impact the socio-economic condition in the region as well as will bring a boost to tourism in Ladakh.
The road construction agency – BRO, has been recognised in laying roads in one of the most inhospitable terrains along India’s northern borders.