One of the first steps taken then was to construct hundreds of cyclone shelters up and down the coast. These shelters, designed by IIT Kharagpur, are built up to a few miles from the seashore. And evidently, they have proved to be storm-worthy. The structures resemble a crab, have two-storeys and are cement-block rectangular building on stilts. Each shelter can hold several hundred people.
In 1983, the Government of India conceived the idea of an all-weather route from Manali to Leh. Then, in December 1996, RITES suggested a tunnel along the Manali-Sarchu-Leh route with a tentative length of 8.80 km starting from Dhundi and connecting Sissu passing under the Rohtang pass as part of the realignment.
India's Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has recently completed the highest motorable road in the world, along the Umling La pass in Ladakh. For Brigadier DM Purvimath, the Chief Engineer of the project, evidently constructing this has not been an easy task.