- Dec 8, 2021
Defence minister Rajnath Singh, who inaugurated a raft of infrastructure projects near the China border on Tuesday, said the airfield coming up at Nyoma in eastern Ladakh, the world’s highest, will be a “game-changer” for the armed forces while stressing that timely execution of projects in far-flung areas has become “the new normal of New India.” Singh dedicated to the country 90 projects, executed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) at a cost of ₹2,941 crore, with the new roads, bridges, tunnels, airfields and helipads set to boost military mobility, logistics support for deployed forces, and movement of civilians in border areas stretching from Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim to Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
Singh remotely inaugurated 63 bridges, 22 roads, one tunnel, two airfields and two helipads from Jammu where he opened the BRO’s 422-metre Devak bridge on Bishnah-Kaulpur-Phulpur road. He also virtually laid the foundation stone of the Nyoma airfield, located at a height of 13,300 feet and 23km from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) along which India and China have been locked in a military standoff for more than three years.
Besides the Nyoma Airfield, the defence minister hoped the BRO would soon set in motion the construction of Shinkun La Tunnel, the world's highest tunnel at an altitude of 15,855 feet. The tunnel will connect Lahaul-Spiti in Himachal to the Zaskar Valley in Ladakh and provide all-weather connectivity, he said.
The Nyoma village is located close to the south Bank of Pangong Tso at an altitude of about 13,700 feet.
The upgradation of Nyoma airstrip to a full-fledged base for fighter operations will be spearheaded by women officers. It is likely to be completed by Sept 2025