The Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh decided to support the 4.5 km shorter tunnel proposal by the Border Rpad Organization.
- The Federal Ministry of Defence has ruled to cross the bureaucracy, requiring the Border Roads Organization (BRO) to build a 4.25 km tunnel under the 5,091-meter-high Shinkun La pass to establish the all-weather hub from Manali to Leh, via Darcha-Padun-Nimmu.
- The route was to provide supplies to the Indian army formations in the Ladakh region, but the order could not be issued because the coronavirus infected all the senior officials involved in the project. The snow-free shaft is expected to be completed in 2024.
- According to South Block officials, Defence Secretary Rajnath Singh and senior officials decided to support BRO’s proposal in lieu of the National Highway and Infrastructure Development Co. (NHIDCL) that the 13th Shinkun La A tunnel is constructed. 5 kilometers long. New road adjustments will be carried out.
- It is understood that due to the simple design and the demand for essential electromechanical accessories, the total cost of the construction of the BRO tunnel will be approximately Rs 10 billion. This 4.25 km tunnel will use banana fans for longitudinal ventilation, which requires minimal electricity and operating costs.
- Even after the Atal tunnel was built under the Rohtang Pass, the current Manali-Sarchu-Upshi-Leh highway still has to pass four high mountain passes some 5,000 meters high, and it stays snowed for at least two or three months in winter.