New Delhi, May 11 : The Indo-Tibetan Border Police(ITBP) has facilitated a safe passage for over 900 trucks carrying essential supplies from the icy heights of Zoji La to the frozen slopes of Kargil in the past 21 days, the Force said here on Monday.
The land route Zoji La pass serves as a lifeline for the nearly 1.5 lakh residents of Kargil. The ITBP was assigned this crucial responsibility of escorting 900 goods trucks and fuel tankers carrying essential supplies to people located in far-flung areas of Ladakh by the Government, a senior official in the force said.
Trucks carrying food and other items are reaching Kargil covering a distance of 100 km in about eight hours under security cover provided by the ITBP, he said, adding that the convoys move “through Gumri, Meena Marg and Dras via Fotu La pass and Namika La pass in extreme cold climatic conditions”, with temperatures dipping up to minus 10 degrees celsius. The Leh based North West Frontier of ITBP has played a pivotal role in the process with active support of the Ladakh administration, the official said.
He further said that the drivers and other staff of the trucks were screened at various checkpoints by ITBP personnel and social distancing norm was followed during all such screenings. The drivers and other staff were screened at various checkpoints by ITBP personnel with special impetus to social distancing at those points, the Force said. (UNI)