Srinagar, Nov 18: In a major feat, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is carving out and developing the world’s “first” glaciated motorable roads in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region at a height of around 18,000 feet.
The project comes under ‘Project Himank’ of the organisation.
A BRO spokesperson said one such road will be the world’s first ever motorable pavement that will pass through world’s highest glaciers in eastern Ladakh.
“Being constructed at an altitude of over 17800 feet road Sasoma to Saser La will be a vital link paved over glaciers which are unstable and frequently change their physical nature,” the spokesperson said.
According to the organisation, the construction of the road is special due to challenges posed by glaciers and presence of moraines in the area.
Besides adverse weather, biting cold, bone chilling winds, there is always lurking danger of crevasses and avalanches while the road is being constructed.
“Since the temperature dips to -50 C during winter and in the peak summers the temperature hovers around 12 C in the region, working in such extreme weather is a herculean task and glaciers which shift constantly as snow melts adds to the difficulty,” he said.
The organisation said as the working period is quite short and the Border Road officials make prior preparations and chalk out a working strategy to achieve its targets in the limited time available.
The short working period needs to be utilised to the maximum thus requiring effective management of manpower and resources to meet out the challenges, he said.
Planning of work starts four to five months prior to the start of the working season.
Project officials said that, meticulous planning and hard work of BRO officers and men has been extremely essential for successful completion of the tasks to achieve targets in a working season.
“There is little BRO personnel can do to stop an ice-wall or crevasse opening on what is essentially a moving block of ice, but due to commitment of jawans and strategic need, the Project carries forward the work despite the challenges,” said the spokesman.
Due to better equipment, resources, training and medical facilities which are in place for the BRO personnel working in the hostile high altitude areas the construction of such roads is possible, he said.
Jammu airport to function till 9 PM
Jammu, Jan 19: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to extend the watch hours’ upto 9:00 PM at the Jammu Airport.
In a communication to the State Government, AAI has conveyed that it is ready to handle extended ‘watch hours’ operations at Jammu Airport. As and when the airlines submit their flight schedule, AAI will permit these operations.
The extension in the watch hours’ will enable flights to take off and land at the Jammu Airport during the late evening hours thereby increasing the number of flights moving in and out from Jammu.
Presently, the run way watch hours’ for the flights operating at the Airport are from 8 AM to 5 PM.
This decision will provide the much needed boost to various sectors particularly tourism and pilgrims to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi.
The State Government has been repeatedly requesting the Central Government, Ministry of Defence and AAI to extend the watch hours’ at the Srinagar and Jammu Airports to enable late evening flights for the convenience of passengers/tourists.
Principal Secretary, Civil Aviation Department has been asked to liaise with Airport Authorities, security agencies and airlines to work out the modalities for commencement of evening flights from/to Jammu.
Rajouri man killed in Saudi two weeks back, family demands MEA to help bring body home
Rajouri: A 44-year-old man from Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir was killed after being hit with some sharp object in Saudi Arabia, his family said on Saturday.
The poor family has no means to bring the body back home and urged the government of India through Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to see that the body is brought to Rajouri for last rites. “We came to know that the body is lying there in a mortuary since the last couple of weeks”.
“Mohammad Khalil Mirza (44) son of Haji Mohammad Azam Mirza of Malhut, Darhal, Rajouri was killed after being hit by some persons with a sharp object at Amaan area of Riyadh where he was working as a labourer,” Mohammad Amin Mirza, brother of the deceased said.
He said that the family lost contact with Khalil from December 22, last month and despite best efforts, the family was unable to find his whereabouts.
“Yesterday a person from Pakistan administered Kashmir called us and informed that Khalil Mirza’s body is lying in a mortuary and he his body was found with an injury in his head,” Amin said.
“We are very poor and we request the government of India especially Minister of external affairs to ensure that body is brought to Rajouri for last rites,” Amin said.
The family also demanded proper investigations and stern punishment to those responsible for his death and provide due compensation to them.
PM Modi failed to fulfill promises made to people: IYC
Srinagar, Jan 19: National president, Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Keshav Chand Yadav on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra modi has failed to fulfill the promises, he made with the people.
Addressing media persons at JKPCC headquarters on the sidelines of a function organized in connection with Yuwa Kranti Yatra, he said that Narender Modi has done a big mischief in the Rafale deal.
In connivance with Anil Ambani, Modiji has misled people, he said, adding that most of the centrally sponsored schemes have seen misdoings.
He said Modi’s promise of providing jobs to youth in the country has proved to be a mere rhetoric.
“The youth of the country are asking questions for when is Modi going to provide them jobs? The elections are coming nearer, he has limited time. He has assured the country that he would be creating 2 crore jobs for the youth during his tenure,” Keshav said.
Raising concern over farmer suicides, he said that Modi government has been waiving off the loans of industrialists only.
‘The inflation is on rise. People have been suffering. The loans of farmers have not been waived off. They continue to suffer. The prices of petroleum products at the international level were decreased but here, the prices remained unchanged,” he said.
Among others, vice president, IYC Srinivas B Venkatesh and leaders of youth congress were also present.