In the 1962 war, it took 20 days for the army to reach the border on foot.
The army’s access to the border of China (Tibet) bordering Chamoli has now become much easier than before. The Border Roads Organization has connected the two borders of Chamoli to Mana and Barahoti by road. This was not the case in 1962.
During the war, it took the army 20 days to reach the border on foot. The local people had helped a lot in transporting army goods through horse-mules and yaks.
China (Tibet) borders the Chamoli district with two regions. The first is the Mana pass from Badrinath and the second is Barahoti from Malari. According to BRO commander Manish Kapil, BRO has constructed a 60 km double lane road from Joshimath to Malari and a 45 km single lane road from Malari to Rimkhim, while 52 km road from Mana to Mana pass has been completed.
China started building roads since 1950
Senior journalist Harish Chandra Chandola said that he had traveled to Tibet from both the passes between 1950 and 1954. Then it used to take 20 days to reach the border. Across the border, the Chinese soldiers in blue uniforms were busy making roads, carrying shovels. Today, the road has reached the border of India as well.