The first-ever solo woman motorcycle expedition, organised by Border Roads Organisation (BRO), was flagged off by Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh from BRO Headquarters in New Delhi on June 11, 2021. Ms Kanchan Ugursandi, a 29-year-old lady biker with 10 years and 21,000 km of riding experience, is undertaking the challenge to cover 3,187 km in 24 days. As part of the expedition, she will cross Umlingla Pass, the highest motorable pass at 19,301 feet in the world, built by BRO. The route being traversed is New Delhi-Manali-Leh-Umlingla Pass–New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Rajnath Singh said this unique initiative would not only promote awareness programs in border areas on COVID-19 and road safety but will also renew and rekindle the spirit of fortitude and courage synonymous with the nation during these unprecedented times.
On the occasion, the Raksha Mantri also inaugurated two Centres of Excellence – Centre of Excellence for Road Safety & Awareness and Centre of Excellence for Roads, Bridges, Air Fields & Tunnels. Four software developed to optimise the work efficiency of BRO personnel, their HR management, recruitment management, enrolment and works management were also launched. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and DG BR Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhry were among the dignitaries who attended the event.