Zojila tunnel to give Srinagar valley and Leh all-weather connectivity
Work on the much awaited Zojila tunnel will finally commence on Thursday after Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari initiates the first blasting at the 14.15 km long structure
Zojila tunnel | Srinagar | NHIDCL
After a long wait, work on the much awaited Zojila tunnel will finally commence on Thursday after Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari initiates the first blasting at the 14.15 km long structure. The tunnel assumes significance as it will provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar valley and Leh on NH-1 with an approach road to Z-morh Tunnel and avalanche protection structures. The project has a history of re-bidding as attempts to award the project were not successful four times. It was eventually given to National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) in July 2016 for implementation in the engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) mode.
ALSO READ: Light at the end of the tunnel: Work on Zojila project to start on Thursday The project involves the construction of a 14.15 km-long tunnel at an altitude of about 3,000 metres under Zojila pass (presently motorable only for 6 months in a year) on NH-1 connecting Srinagar and Leh through Dras and Kargil.
Map showing the alignment
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First Published: Wed, October 14 2020. 19:52 IST