India will soon have the world's longest highway tunnel under the 16,580-feet high Shinku-La Pass, between the Zanskar Valley in Ladakh and the Lahaul Valley in Himachal Pradesh.

The tunnel will be completed by 2025, and will provide all-weather connectivity between Ladakh and Himachal.

Directorate General of Border Roads after participating in the inauguration of the Nimmu-Padum-Darcha road amid fresh snowfall and 5 to 6 feet high walls of snow said that this new road will be officially opened for all types of roads. With the completion of the Shinku-la Tunnel, as well as the blacktopping of the highway, the number of vehicles is completed in three years.

The length of the Shinku-La tunnel will be 4.25 km, and it will be the world's longest and highest tunnel at this height, said Lt Gen Rajeev Choudhary, chief of the Roads Organization (BRO). He also said that the work on the tunnel would start in July or August 2022.

Choudhary further said that there is no plan to bring Keylong-Sarchu-Leh highway under the scheme; However, there is a possibility of becoming another project to maintain this highway and build the proposed highway tunnels. BRO DG reached Shinku-La for the first time after inspecting the under-construction Nimmu-Padum-Darcha highway, during which a large number of residents of Zanskar Valley also attended the road opening ceremony.


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