Work on building a road tunnel across the Zoji La Pass, providing the Kashmir Valley with all-weather access to Ladkah, a strategically important border region, will begin May 19.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to lay the foundation stone for the Rs 6,809-crore project spanning over 14.2 km, which is expected to be completed in 2026.
Another crucial 6.5 km tunnel at Z-Morh on this stretch of Srinagar-Leh highway is likely to be completed next year.
The survey for the Zoji La tunnel through the pass was first carried out in 1997 by Indian Army and the actual planning had started after the Kargil war in 1999.
“This is a step to fulfil the promise to the people of Ladakh for round-the-year connectivity. The 20 km stretch between end point of Z-Morh tunnel and the start of Zoji La tunnel will also be overhauled,” government official said. Read More…