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BRO breaks record at Zoji La; extends access beyond Dec 31

  • Posted By
    10Pointer
  • Categories
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    6th Jan, 2022

Context

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has raised its benchmark of excellence yet again by extending access to the formidable Zojila at an altitude of 11,649 ft, which links the Union Territory of Ladakh with the rest of the country. 

  • For the first time, the Zojila pass remained open beyond 31st December. The pass was opened on May 18, last year.

Zojila Pass

  • It is the arterial road connecting Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh from the rest of the country.

Zoji La is a high mountain pass in the Himalayas in the Indian union territory of Ladakh.

About Border Road Organisation (BRO)

  • The Border Road Organisation develops and maintains road networks in India’s border areas and friendly neighbouring countries.
  • The Border Roads Organization/Seema Sadak Sangathan works under the Ministry of Defence.
  • It is staffed by officers and troops drawn from the Indian Army’s Corps of Engineers, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Army Service Corps, Military Police and army personnel on extra regimental employment.
  • Officers from the Border Roads Engineering Service and personnel from the General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) form the parent cadre of the Border Roads Organisation.
  • Currently, the organisation maintains operations in twenty-one states, one UT (Andaman and Nicobar Islands), and neighbouring countries such as Afghanistan, Bhutan, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.
  • The BRO India operates and maintains over 32,885 kilometres of roads and about 12,200 meters of permanent bridges in the country.