CP Joshi To Lay Foundation Of Rs 2,717 Crore Tunnel In J&K On October 4

CP Joshi To Lay Foundation Of Rs 2,717 Crore Tunnel In J&K On October 4

27 September 2012
The Economic Times


New Delhi: To provide all weather connectivity between Srinagar and Leh, Road Transport and Highways Minister C P Joshi will lay foundation stone for construction of Rs 2,717 crore tunnel at Z-Morh in Jammu & Kashmir on October 4. The tunnel will be built at a cost of Rs 2,717 crore, a Transport Ministry official said, adding that out of this Rs 36.48 crore will be spent on land acquisition, rehabilitation, resettlement and pre-construction. 'Road Transport and Highways Minister will lay the foundation stone of the 6.5 km long tunnel to be built on built, operate and transfer (BOT) basis on October 4,' he said. Ladakh at present remains cut off from the mainland for six to seven months during winter due to heavy snow fall on Jammu-Srinagar-Zozila-Kargil-Leh and Manali-Sarchu-Leh routes that connect Leh to the mainland. The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure had earlier this month approved the implementation of the construction of the 6.50 km long two lane bi-directional tunnel on a new alignment in between Gagangir and Sonamarg along the existing NH-1 at Z- Morh for all weather connectivity from Srinagar to Leh on NH-1 (old NH -1D) in Jammu and Kashmir. The stretch between Srinagar and Leh is considered important not only for the strategic interests of the Indian Army, but also for the sustainability of people of Ladakh and their socio-economic development. The project will increase the employment potential for local labourers and boost the industrial growth and economic activities, with better commuting facilities in villages, towns and semi-urban and urban areas, the government had earlier said. Earlier Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee in its meeting in July had given its nod to the project.