The much awaited Zojila tunnel construction finally got the stamp of approval. Its construction was formally launched on 15 October 2020 by Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. However, it was released through online video conferencing. Along with this, the Minister tweeted, while giving information about the tunnel, that “The construction of this tunnel will establish all-weather connectivity in Srinagar, Dras, Kargil and Leh regions. In addition to the journey between the two places 3 hours can be completed in 15 minutes.
Zojila Tunnel – Situated in Jammu and Kashmir, this tunnel connects the areas of Srinagar, Dras, Kargil and Leh.
Zojila tunnel and India’s strategic vision
Duing the transportation, due to the changing weather between Ladakh and Srinagar, there is a possibility of huge amounts of avalanches and snowfall. But now the Zojila tunnel will open a new “road of hope” for strengthening the social and cultural ties between Jammu and Ladakh. The construction of this tunnel will provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar-Kargil and Leh.
Being adjacent to the Pakistan border, this tunnel is also very important from a strategic point of view. It is clear that the construction of this tunnel will help the Indian Army in settling problems related to Kargil and other disputed areas.
This project undoubtedly has diplomatic and socio-economic importance and will also prove to be a medium for the development of economically backward districts in Jammu and Kashmir.
What is special in Zojila tunnel?
The length of the tunnel will be 14.15 kilometers, with this it will become the longest road tunnel in India and Asia.
The tunnel will be constructed from Srinagar Kargil Leh National Highway at an altitude of 11, 578 feet.
An amount of about 6808.63 crores is estimated in the tunnel project.
The construction period of the project may take 6 years which will be desired from the date of commencement of construction.
Keeping in view the natural and political vision, a two-way single tube tunnel will be constructed in the tunnel, parallel to which another Angres tunnel will be constructed for emergency relief and rescue operations.
Who has the burden of execution
It may be noted that in 2016, the implementation of this project was entrusted to the National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL). Who left their work in the middle of the time period.
Now it restarted on 15 October 2020 The project has been approved by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and the project construction work has been entrusted to “Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Ltd. (MEIL)
India Benefits From Zojila Tunnel
Irrevocable connectivity between Jammu and Ladakh can be established through tunnel which is important from socio-cultural and political point of view.
Successful implementation of this project will increase the employment potential for local workers.
Tourist traffic will be available throughout the year in this beautiful natural area between Srinagar and Leh. Due to which tourism is also expected to increase.