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|October 4, 2012|
Foundation stone of Z-Morh Tunnel in J-K to be laid
New Delhi: Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways CP Joshi will lay the foundation stone of the "Z-Morh Tunnel" on the Srinagar-Leh section of National Highway (NH)-1, which aims to provide all-weather connectivity with Ladakh, today. The project is a major initiative to expedite
the improvement of infrastructure in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
This Z-Morh tunnel is 6.5 km long and has two lanes with parallel 6.5 km long escape tunnel
on a new alignment between Gagangir and Sonamarg under Srinagar-Leh section of
NH-1. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India has entrusted
the implementation of this project to Border Road Organisation (BRO). The project
will be constructed on Build Own Transfer-BOT (Annuity) mode with a project cost
of about Rs.2680 crore on the basis of approved guidelines for such projects.
It may be mentioned that Leh is connected to mainland via Jammu-Srinagar-Zozila-Kargil-Leh
and Manali-Sarchu-Leh routes. These are the only life lines for the survival of
people of Laddakh and their socio-economic development. Both these routes remain
completely cut off for six to seven months during winter (November to May) due
to heavy snow fall and avalanche prone areas along these routes. The construction
of this Z-Morh tunnel will provide all-weather road connectivity between Srinagar
& Leh, thereby bringing big relief to the people of Laddakh.
The stretch between Srinagar-Leh would be important for the betterment of the socio-economic development of the people of Laddakh. The tunnel will also boost the tourism potential of
the Sonamarg and adjacent area. Besides enhancing the safety of the road users,
the construction of tunnel will provide the employment potential to the local
labourers. The improved all-weather road connectivity will boost up industrial
growth and local economic activities in villages, towns and urban/semi-urban areas
falling in or situated close to the project highway.
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