Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated new 80-km road in Uttarakhand which connects close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and opens a new route for Kailash Mansarovar yatra via Lipulekh Pass. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) achieved road connectivity from Dharchula to Lipulekh (China Border) known as Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra Route.
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The biggest advantage of the new route over the earlier ones is that it is the shortest and cheapest route with just one-fifth distance of road travel as compared to others. There is no air travel involved and the majority of the travel, 84%, is in India and only 16% in China compared to other routes where 80% of road travel is in China.
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- Headquarters of Defence Ministry: New Delhi.
- Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence: Shripad Yesso Naik.