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Border Roads Organisation breaks record at Zoji La battling extreme weather conditions

Key Highlights

  • For the first time BRO has kept the formidable Zoji mountain pass (altitude 11,649 ft) open beyond 31st December.
  • BRO’s frontline Projects Beacon and Vijayak have been working round the clock in extreme weather conditions to keep the logistic supply line open to the Union Territory of Ladakh.
  • BRO Karmyogis have kept their detachments functional with great determination and induction of New Equipment helped BRO in achieving this unparalleled feat.  

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, that links the Union Territory of Ladakh with the rest of the country. For the first time, the Zoji mountain pass remained open beyond 31st December.

Border Roads Organisation breaks record at Zoji La battling extreme weather conditions
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The BRO achieved this feat through its frontline Projects – Vijayak and Beacon. They are collectively responsible for maintaining the axis that has strategic implications, in addition to the socio-economic well-being of Ladakh. Last year the same was extended till 31st December 2020, the Border Roads Organisation silently but surely embarked on the journey to better its own record by reorganising and adding a few more snow clearance detachments and augmenting them with state-of-the-art snow clearance equipment. The results of the planning and efforts are for all to see, having achieved the feat which hitherto was considered impossible by many.

Ladakh UT administration and the locals lauded the efforts that this additional window reduces the logistic burden on the UT administration and helps the local inhabitants to stock additional rations and supplies to brave the impending harsh winters.

Border Roads Organisation breaks record at Zoji La battling extreme weather conditions
Photo credit-press release by PIB

In the first three days of 2022, about 178 vehicles have been able to transit through the pass with the collective assistance of the Border Roads Organisation and the Police personnel. The numbers are considered significant because with the temperatures plummeting to minus 20 degrees centigrade, the road is subject to extreme frosting with blizzard-like conditions, which can lead to accidents. Thus, besides snow clearance, the axis is subjected to maintenance on a daily basis to keep it roadworthy, which is achieved by the relentless and selfless efforts of the Karamyogis of BRO.

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