The Newz Radar
SHIMLA: In a significant development, the Ministry of Defence has designated a new route through Himachal Pradesh, enabling easier access for Indian Army personnel to reach the China border from Srinagar. This route eliminates the need to traverse the challenging Leh route or take the longer path via Jammu, Pathankot and Manali. The road, now upgraded to a national highway, allows for smooth travel from Srinagar to Lahaul, and then to Kinnaur through the Kishtwar and Tandi-Killar-Sansarinala road.
Previously unused by the Army, the Tandi-Killar-Sansarinala road will now be double-laned, following the approval of its detailed project report (DPR). This development not only benefits the military but also offers enhanced convenience for the local population in Lahaul and promotes tourism in the valley.
By double-laning the highway, the Indian Army will have access to Srinagar via the Manali-Tandi-Sansarinala route, passing through Kishtwar and Udhampur. This route remains operational throughout the year, including the winter season. Presently, the Tandi-Killar-Sansarinala road is often subject to blockages due to landslides and avalanches.
Under Project Deepak by the Border Roads Organisation, the Tandi-Killar-Sansarinala national highway will be double-laned, strengthening strategic and tourism connectivity between Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. The plan includes double-laning 30 km from Tandi to Thirot, 40 to 70 km from Udaipur to Tindi and 96 to 125 km from Shor to Killar, covering a total distance of 89 km. The Border Roads Organisation is currently focusing on land acquisition and forest clearance for the highway.
BRO officer BD Dhiman confirmed that the Tandi-Killar-Sansarinala road would undergo the double-laning process, ensuring smoother transportation and bolstering the region’s accessibility for both military and civilian purposes.