Jammu and Kashmir is all set to create history by becoming the first state in the country to construct the longest tunnel in the Southeast.
Mumbai-based IRB Infrastructure has bagged Rs 10,050 crore Zojilla tunnel project on Srinagar-Kargil-Leh highway in Jammu and Kashmir.
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways have sent a Letter of Award (LOA) for the construction, operation and maintenance of this tunnel.
The project involves construction of tunnel spanning a length of 14.08 km having an approach road of 10.8 Km with three vertical ventilation shafts, snow gallery of 700 meters and avalanche protection measures.
The scope of the project includes construction of approaches on NH-1 (Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumri Road) on design, build, finance, operate and transfer (annuity) basis, the statement said.
Haji Anayat Ali, chairman J&K Legislative Assembly, said that the dream project of people of Kargil has came true under the leadership of Narendra Modi and chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
Zojila is the second tunnel on Srinagar-Kargil stretch to be built on the national highway to ensure round the year connectivity between the valley and the cold desert of Ladakh.
Particularly the area ahead of Gagangir in Sonamarg to Minimarg ahead of Zojila remains snowbound during winters.
According to the director the project has strategic and socio–economic importance as it will provide the much needed all-weather connectivity between Kashmir valley and Ladakh.
The Srinagar –Leh highway remains cut-0ff during winter due to heavy snowfall and thus this project will play an important role in the connectivity of two regions.