Union Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs Minister Anurag Singh Thakur, who is on a two-day visit to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday inspected Zojila and Z -Morh Tunnel projects.
On the occasion, the Minister expressed satisfaction on the progress of the works and said that Zojila Tunnel is of a significant importance with regard to national security, development and tourism for J&K and Ladakh Union Territories.
The project site of Zojila tunnel is being constructed at the cost of 4500 crore rupees and is located at the existing national highway (NH-01) starting from Sanamarg in J&K and ending at Minamarg in Ladakh and is the longest tunnel in South Asia.
Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur visited 13.5 kms long Zojila Tunnel and 6.5 kms long Z-Morh Tunnel on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway today. At Zojila Tunnel, he conducted the second blasting in connection with its construction work and said that the Tunnel would go a long way in promoting the Tourism Sector of Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir Union territories besides ensuring all-weather connectivity. Later in the day, he also laid the foundation stone for the development of playfield at Kijpora in Kangan area and inaugurated Bonibagh-Kangan road constructed under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna. Tomorrow, the Minister is scheduled to meet the members of Panchayati Raj Institutions and Sectoral Officers of Ganderbal district and will e-inaugurate various playfields of Kashmir from Budgam.