Union Cabinet gives nod to proposal for construct all-weather Zojila Tunnel Project
The Union Cabinet has given nod to the proposal for construction of a 14-km all-weather tunnel at Zojila pass in Ladakh region. The project would require Rs 9000 crore investment to ensure undisrupted round-the-year connectivity between Ladakh and Srinagar. The Zojila pass is located at an altitude of 11578 ft on the Srinagar-Kargil-Leh National Highway (NH-1), which remains closed during the winter season due to heavy snowfall and inclement weather.
Zojila tunnel along with another 6.5 km long tunnel at Z-Morh in Sonmarg will provide road connectivity to Ladak and Srinagar areas round the year. Building the tunnel would take 7 years, and the contract for collecting toll will be for 15 years.