Gadkari to initiate blasting for Zojila Tunnel
Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will initiate simultaneous blasting for Zojila Tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh today. The tunnel will provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar valley and Leh on NH-1 and will bring about an all-round economic and socio-cultural integration of Jammu and Kashmir.
It involves construction of a 14.15-kilometre long tunnel at an altitude of about three thousand metres under Zojila pass on NH-1 connecting Srinagar and Leh through Dras and Kargil. The Ministry said that it is one of the most dangerous stretch in the world to drive a vehicle and this project is also geo-strategically sensitive.