India is set to have the world’s highest tunnel at Shinku La Pass.
The tunnel connects Zanskar Valley in Ladakh with Lahaul Valley in Himachal Pradesh.
The tunnel is set to be built by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) at an altitude of 16,580 feet above sea level.
Length of the Shinku La tunnel is 4.25 km.
The centre has constituted a BRO team “Project Yojak” to execute the project.
The tunnel is expected to be operational for vehicles by 2025.
The Shinku La Pass will host the south portal of the tunnel and the north portal will provide access to motorists to enter Lakhang and the Zanskar Valley.
The tunnel will reduce the travel time from Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh
As of now, the highest tunnels are located in China and Peru, both not exceeding 16000 feet above sea level.