Interesting Facts about the Ladakh bridge on the world’s highest road by BRO India at Boarders
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated 27 projects built by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which included 24 bridges and three roads, most of which are in the border areas. Demchok has been an India-China flashpoint earlier, the site of a standoff between the two armies in 2016. In the current standoff in eastern Ladakh, which began in May 2020, Demchok has come up as a point of contention..
One of the 24 bridges is on what has now become the world’s highest motorable road, passing through a pass situated at an elevation of 19,000 feet. The road is in south Ladakh, connecting Chisumle and Demchok. It passes through a pass known as Umling La, which is at a height of over 19,000 feet. Umling La is a mountain pass in Ladakh, India.
The height of the pass makes it the highest motorable road in the world and was recently recognised as such by Guinness World Records.
The 52-km road ‘black-top’ tarmac road from Chisumle to Demchok betters the previous record of a road in Bolivia, which connects the volcano Uturuncu at 18,953 feet. The project to build the road through the pass — a part of BRO’s Project Himank — had been completed in 2017, after which vehicles had started plying on the route. However, the road has been black-topped only this year.
At the pass, the road is higher than both the base camps for the climb to Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain. The South Base Camp in Nepal is at a height of 17,598 ft, while North Base Camp in Tibet is at 16,900 ft.
The Chisumle-Demchok road is also higher than the Siachen Glacier, which is situated at 17,700 feet. Khardung La in Leh, which at one time was among the highest roads in the world, is at an altitude of 17,582 feet.
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