Indian Army's BRO makes it to Guinness Book of World Record for world's highest motorable road

The new pass will prove beneficial for the local population and it will also impact the socio-economic condition of the region by promoting tourism. 

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The Border Roads Organisation of the Indian Army has created a world record by constructing and black-topping the highest motorable road in the world at Umling La Pass in Ladakh at 19,024 feet. It has been awarded a Guinness World Record recognition for constructing a road at such height. Now the Umling La Pass will be even more challenging for the drivers than the Khardung La Pass. 

Union Minister of Raod Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari congratulated the Border Roads Organisation for achieving recognition from the Guinness Books of World Records. His congratulating tweet reads, "Heartiest congratulations to @BROindia on achieving recognition from Guinness Book of World Records for constructing and black topping the World's Highest Motorable Road at 19024 feet at Umling La Pass in Ladakh."

The 52-km long tarmac road construction at Umling La Pass was completed in August 2021. It connects the towns in the Chumar sector of Eastern Ladakh and offers an alternate route that directly connects Chisumle and Dhemchuk from Leh. The new pass will prove beneficial for the local population and it will also impact the socio-economic condition of the region by promoting tourism. 

During the winter peak season, the temperature at this pass can drop to -40 degrees Celsius. Also, the oxygen level is 50 percent less than the sea level. It is very difficult for any person to stay here for too long.