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In J-K tomorrow, PM to launch works on Zojilla Tunnel, other projects

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Narendra Modi, who is arriving on a visit to and tomorrow, will kickstart work on prestigious Zojilla Tunnel, that will provide all-weather connectivity between and the Valley, and lay foundation stones for two road projects.

The is also expected to dedicate to the nation the 330-MW Kishenganga Power Project constructed in Gurez area of

"The will attend the commencement of work on on the Srinagar-at an event in Jive-tsal in tomorrow," an official said.

Modi will also lay foundation stone for the Ring Road and Ring Road at separate events at Sher-e-International Conference Centre (SKICC) and at the Zorawar Singh Auditorium in for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari will also be present at the events.

The 14-kilometre long will be India's longest road tunnel and Asia's longest bidirectional tunnel.

Earlier this year, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the prime minister, had approved the construction, operation and maintenance of this 2-lane bi-directional tunnel with parallel escape (Egress) tunnel between Baltal and Minamarg on the Srinagar-section of the at a cost of Rs 6,800 crore.

The construction of this tunnel will provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar, and Leh.

This route remains snow-bound for a large part of the year, and is ravaged by frequent avalanches. As a result, road connectivity to places in the region stands disrupted for long periods, preventing even essential supplies from reaching people, shutting down businesses, affecting and education.

The tunnel will cut down the time taken to cross the Zojila pass from the present 3.5 hours to just 15 minutes, besides making the drive much safer and convenient.

The construction of the tunnel is expected to bring about all round economic and socio-cultural integration of these regions. In addition to direct jobs generated during construction, it will also lead to massive indirect and spinoff jobs due to acceleration of economic growth.

The government is committed to development of manpower skilled for tunnelling jobs in The project has strategic and socio-economic importance, and will be an instrument for the development of the economically backward districts in Jammu and Kashmir, the said.

"The has been planned as a smart tunnel. It will have latest safety features like fully transverse ventilation system, uninterrupted power supply (UPS), tunnel emergency lighting, CCTV monitoring, variable message signs (VMS), traffic logging equipment, over height vehicle detection, tunnel radio system, etc," the said.

It will have pedestrian cross passages at every 250 metres and motorable cross passages and lay-bys at every 750 metres, he said, adding emergency telephones and fire-fighting cabinets will be installed at every 125 metres.

The Ring Roads in and Jammu are aimed at reducing traffic congestion in these cities and making safer, faster, more convenient and more environment friendly, the said.

The 42.1-Km, four-lane Srinagar Ring Road will link Galandar in West Srinagar to in district, he said.

Being built at a cost of Rs 1,860 crore, this road will provide a new route from Srinagar to and Leh, and reduce There will be a major bridge, three flyovers, 23 tunnels and two via-ducts on this route, he said.

The 58.25-km, four-lane Jammu Ring Road, being built at a cost of Rs 2023.87 crore, will link Jagati (western Jammu ) to Raya Morh. There will be eight large bridges, six flyovers, two tunnels and four via ducts on this route, the spokesman said.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 17:05 IST