After the standoff in the eastern Ladakh, border security has become very important and for this purpose the Ladakh government is working on many projects including the Zojila tunnel so that it remains connected throughout the year.
Recently, the Union Minister during his outreach program in the Ganderbal district visited the Zojila tunnel project and asked the officers to complete it within the timeline.
He highlighted various important tunnel, rail and road projects of the country that were completed on priority by the Government keeping in mind border security alongside development and said various infrastructure development projects are going on in full swing throughout J&K from the last few years to boost the socio-economic development in J&K.
The project site of Zojila tunnel is located at existing highway (NH-01) starting from Sonamarg (UT of J&K) and ending at Minamarg (UT of Ladakh) at an elevation ranging from 2700m to 3300m, thus making the Zojila Tunnel (13.2 km) the longest tunnel at this elevation in Asia region. The present site location falls into seismic zone IV and all precautionary measures have been provisioned to safeguard the structures provisioned in the project.
Inspecting the work progress of Z-Morh tunnel, the officials of NHIDCL informed the Minister that the project is being executed on DBFOT mode with an approximate cost of Rs 2378 crore.