Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadakari will review and inspect the construction work of Zojila tunnel and Z Morh tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir today.
The length of Zojila tunnel is 14.15 kilometres and Z Morh tunnel is 6.5 kilometres. Once completed, Zojila tunnel will be India’s longest road tunnel and Asia’s longest bi-directional tunnel built at an altitude of 11 thousand 578 feet. A connecting tunnel from Z Morh on the National Highways one to Zojila tunnel will be constructed in the Zojila ghats between Sonmarg and Kargil.
After the abrogation of Article 370, the newly formed Union Territory Jammu and Kashmir is scaling a new height in the development of infrastructure. The Central Government has given a new impetus to the construction of new Highways, tunnels and bridges which will bring transformative changes in the lives of people in the near future. Zozila and Z Morh tunnel are among such projects.
Once completed, these tunnels will provide all weather connectivity to those areas which face connectivity issue during the extreme snowfall season. The seamless connectivity will also ensure smooth movement of army and military vehicles during the extreme weather conditions.
This will improve the strategic capabilities of Indian Army on the Indo-China and Indo-Pakistan boarder. Zozila tunnel will connect the Leh-Ladakh region to Srinagar. Once the tunnel is completed, travel time and distance between Srinagar and Ladakh will be significantly reduced. Besides, Z Morh tunnel will connect the Srinagar to Sonamarg with all weather road connectivity.
It will further improve the tourism sector in the area especially in the winter season. It is expected that this tunnel will be opened in this winter. These projects will ensure an integrated development of both the Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh region in the coming years.