Several tourism potential areas in Ladakh which have been neglected since past years will get better road network in near future. The Union Territory administration has roped in Border Roads Organization (BRO) for construction and up-gradation of 266 kilometers length at a cost of Rs 4970 crore.
Every single and a slight push by the administration will definitely help in boosting tourism and economy. Since with this crucial step, after the completion of work, will bring a rise in tourist footfall in those tourism potential areas and increase in an overall economy. Moreover it will help to raise the employment opportunities for the locals. As per reports, various roads in remote areas of Ladakh received less attention by the successive governments even though can attract major tourist footfall, if better connectivity is provided.
Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh Union Territory R K Mathur and administration after a meeting came to a conclusion to approach to BRO, keeping in mind about its expertise in construction of roads and tunnels in the hilly areas and lack of skilled manpower and proper machinery with the civil administration.
Since BRO takes up only those projects which are of strategic importance and crucial for smooth movement of Army, a special arrangement was required to be made so that BRO assists the civil administration, reportedly.
Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the UT administration and BRO.
Similarly, the BRO has been asked to work on providing connectivity on Kargil-Batalik-Khaltsi stretch, that is the alternate to the main National Highway connecting Leh and Kargil. 900 crores will be spent on constructing a tunnel across Hamboting La Pass (2.20 kilometer) on Khalste-Kargil road whereas; Rs 460 crore will be spent on widening of 78 kilometer long Batalik-Khalste road to NH double lane specifications. Similarly, for the up-gradation of 50 kilometer long Kargil-Dumgil road to NHDL specifications, Rs 290 crore will be spent.
Few more projects are also lined up and such projects will boost and promote the tourism in the region which will help in increasing the tourism and overall economy of the region.