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Drilling and Blasting - Road Construction - Ladakh (India)

Workers are using pneumatic drill or jackhammer to make holes for dynamite sticks, to blast rocks to widen the Srinagar-Leh Highway in Ladakh.­ The technique is known as Drilling and Blasting.­

National Highway 1 (NH 1), also known as Srinagar-Leh Highway, is a National Highway entirely within the state of Jammu & Kashmir in North India that connects Srinagar to Leh in Ladakh and is maintained by Project Vijayak of the Border Roads Organisation.­ It is one of the only two roads that connect Ladakh with the rest of India, the other being Leh-Manali Highway.­ The Srinagar-Leh Highway was declared as National Highway in 2006.­

Ladakh is a remote and sparsely populated region in the north-eastern most part of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, that is subject to ongoing territorial disputes between India and Pakistan and with distinct cultural influences and historical ties to Tibet.­

Photos of road construction (Vietnam, Laos, India).­

Those photos are also in my Vietnam photo album, Laos photo album and India photo album.

You can also check these smaller selections of photos on selected subjects:

- Tribe people of Vietnam: A selection of my best photos of Tribe people from Northern Vietnam.­

- Markets of Vietnam.

- Tiết canh (raw blood soup).

- Road construction.

- Spaying a piglet.

Photos of construction workers at work, with their heavy machinery and power tools.­

Road construction, infrastructure, building constructions etc.­

Photos of a road construction sites and mines using dynamite to blast rocks (Bolivia, Vietnam and India)

In Vietnam, I stopped to see what the road construction people were doing and I realized that there was 20 pounds of dynamite sitting on the road just next to me! There were sticks of dynamite all over the place, as well as blasting caps.­ The motorized traffic on this country road is so infrequent that they did not really care about any sort of traffic control.­ Just don't be there when they blast! Next blast in 15 minutes.­

I had never seen real dynamite in my life.­ It feels strange to be so close from something that can blow you to small pieces.­ I hope the dynamite they use is good quality and stable.­ I still have the stick they gave me as a souvenir (just kidding).­ Actually I don't think they would have cared if one was missing, though.­ There were so many sticks everywhere!

Photos taken during a 7-week, 7000 Km motorcycle tour across parts of India (Delhi, Rajasthan, Ladakh, Kashmir, Jammu and more) in May-June 2009.­