Nitin Gadkari Flags Off Zoji La Tunnel Construction In Ladakh
One of Asia’s largest tunnels will be 14.2 kilometres long and will connect Srinagar and Leh through the year
Construction for the Zoji La Tunnel in Ladakh started with its first blast today by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. With a length of 14.2 kilometres, this tunnel will be one of the longest in Asia, providing connectivity between Srinagar Valley and Leh. It will run under the Zoji La pass between Sonmarg and Drass Town in Kargil and its construction will be completed in six years.
The route, that presently has only about six months of motor-connectivity will get all-year access with the building of this underpass. It is one of the most dangerous routes and remains closed during winters. However, with the completion of this project, accessibility will be available through all seasons. This is seen as an important development, especially for the army personnel who make several trips through this stretch to Ladakh and other military high-altitude regions. The terrain is close the Line of Control, hence making it vulnerable to terrorists. The Ladakhi people will also get a safe passage with the new subway.
The two-lane, bi-directional single tunnel project was approved by the Government of India in January 2018 and was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May 2018. It will be equipped with the latest safety features including a crosswise ventilation system, uninterrupted power supply, cctv cameras and pedestrian and motorable cross passages.
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