Zoji La Tunnel Project in Kashmir: Big infrastructure boost for the country! The construction of the much-awaited infrastructure project Zoji La tunnel is finally going to commence. The foundation stone for the big infrastructure project is being laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Zoji La tunnel project is 14.2 km long and the game changer project will connect Kashmir Valley to Ladakh – ensuring all-weather access. The big road project is being built at a whopping cost of Rs 6,809 crore, which includes cost towards land acquisition, maintenance, and operation, resettlement as well as rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The development work of the tunnel project is likely to be over by the year 2026.
About the Zojila pass tunnel:
It is a 14.2-km long tunnel project in Jammu and Kashmir to provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil, and Leh, which remains cut-off from the rest of India during winters due to heavy snowfall. “Zojila tunnel will be the longest bi-directional tunnel in Asia.
The project will be implemented by the ministry of road transport and highways (MoRT&H) through the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).
The project would enhance the safety of travelers crossing Zojila Pass and reduce the travel time from 3.5 hours to 15 minutes. This pass is most strategic for the entire Kargil sector which has seen intrusion and war in the past. It will further increase the employment potential for the local laborers for the project activities.