Leh, May 11 : Senior BJP leader and Ladakh MP Tsering Namgyal on Monday sought early reopening of the Leh-Manali highway to speed up the ongoing evacuation of the residents of the Union Territory, who are stranded in different parts of the country.
The 490-km Leh-Manali Highway is an alternative road to Srinagar-Leh highway, that links the Union Territory with the rest of the country through Himachal Pradesh. Mr Namgyal in a letter to Chief Engineering (Project Deepak), Border Roads Organisation (BRO), Brigadier Manpreet Baghi sought early reopening of the Leh-Manali highway to speed up the ongoing evacuation process and stocking of essential commodities. The copies of the letter were also sent to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Director General, BRO, Delhi.
In the letter, the Ladakh MP said the current COVID-19 pandemic situation has created new challenges to humanity as well as the administration and states in evacuation of their stranded people across the country. “Ladakh, being the northernmost region of India with wide-ranging geographical and topographic challenges, is managing its evacuation process only via the 434- km Srinagar-Leh Road which is the only transportation means for the region at present,” he said. He said due to a constraint of accommodation, time and screening facilities at Jammu, Srinagar, Sonamarg and en route up to Leh, the Ladakh administration and both the Hill Councils of Ladakh (Kargil and Leh) are facing difficulties in mobilising more stranded passengers via the Jammu-Srinagar-Leh Road.
“To double the volume of the evacuation process, I request Brigadier Baghi to speed up the ongoing snow clearance operation at the Manali-Leh Road on a war footing,” he said. The MP said such a move would not only help the administrations of both Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh in the evacuation of stranded passengers from both sides, but will also help in stocking and supplying essential supplies for civilians and Army.
“I request for early snow clearance work from Darcha to Lungnak of Zanskar via Penstsela pass so that the local residents who are stranded across the country can commute via this short and alternative road to reach their homes at the earliest,” he added. (UNI)