Zojila tunnel – Game-changer for Srinagar Kargil and Leh

Zojila Tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir has today been approved by PM Modi-led Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.

Zojila Tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir, the construction of which has today been approved by PM Modi-led Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.

About Zojila Tunnel :-

  • It is an upcoming project which aims at providing all weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh.
  • The Zojila tunnel project has been approved on the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode.
  • The game changing infrastructure project will comprise a 14.15 km long two lane bi-directional single tube tunnel with a parallel 14.200 km long egress tunnel excluding approaches between Baltal & Minamarg in J&K.

According to the government :-

  • The project holds strategic and socio-economic significance, especially given the fact that the region of Leh has limited connectivity for as many as 6 months of the year due to threat of avalanches.
  • The long awaited project will be executed by Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRT&H) through National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) and will take minimum seven years to complete.
  • The total capital cost of the project is estimated to be around Rs 6808.69 crore. This will also include the cost towards land acquisition, resettlement & rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities as well as maintenance and operation cost of tunnel for four years.

Benefits :-

  • It will have tremendous significance for its economic development as it will benefit the nearby backward districts in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Zojila tunnel will also generate massive job opportunities among local residents and due to better road connectivity between Kashmir and Ladakh,
  • The Tourism Industry will also witness commendable traffic throughout the year, which will successfully boost the state economy.
  • Zojila tunnel project, along with the ongoing Z-Morh tunnel project at Gagangir, which is 6.5 km long, will provide connectivity between Kashmir and Ladakh.

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