Siachen region to get modern roads, new bridge
Leh: A massive plan to modernize all roads and construct new ones leading to the Siachen glacier, the world's highest battlefield, has been launched in the Ladakh sector for faster movement of troops and equipment, according to officials.
Under Project Vijayak, the Border Roads Organisation is constructing and modernising roads from Panamic to Siachen base camp and all other interior roads that lead to the Siachen glacier, they said.
New methods and techniques are being employed in the project so that the roads can withstand adverse climatic conditions which prevail in the region throughout the year, an official said.
"It is not easy to operate in these weather conditions where temperature dips to minus 10-15 degrees during summer and carry on construction activities," he said.
Blacktopping of all roads in the strategic sector has been going on despite hostile weather and topography. The roads are motorable and can transport soldiers, materials and heavy machinery towards the strategic Siachen, according to officials.
"Our men faced lot of difficulties to operate machines while blacktopping the roads. The hot-mix plants need to be shifted regularly to operate near the spot so that the material does not lose its temperature and quality, the official said.
The BRO is also planning to construct a new bridge at Siachen Base to replace the suspension bridge so to avoid any hiccups in carrying heavy material to far off areas, the officials said.
"This is the second in the series of bridges to be constructed on the important axis which could revolutionize movement in the world highest battlefield," another official said.
The modernization of roads in the strategic sector will continue till it fulfils the needs and requirements of the defence forces and the locals, the official said.
Construction and modernization of roads in the Siachen sector is a big achievement given the extremely adverse weather and topography of the region. But we are committed to achieving our targets, he said.
- By Anil Bhatt