Nitin Gadkari to initiate blasting work for Zojila tunnel today

Nitin Gadkari to initiate blasting work for Zojila tunnel today
The Union Minister Nitin Gadkari  will initiate the primary blasting for construction-related work on the 14.15-km Zojila tunnel. It  will provide all-year connectivity between the Kashmir valley and Leh and the govt said.
The project holds a strategic significance because the Zojila Pass is situated at an altitude of 11,578 feet on the Srinagar-Kargil-Leh national highway and  It will remains closed during winters due =to heavy snowfall. it’ is  one o fthe foremost dangerous stretches within the world to drive a vehicle and this project is additionally geo-strategically sensitive.
“The tunnel will provide all-weather connectivity between the Srinagar valley and Leh on NH-1, and It can cause an all-round economic and socio–cultural integration of J&K,” it said during a statement.
It involves construction of a 14.15-km-long tunnel at an altitude of about 3,000 m under the Zojila pass (presently motorable just for six months during a year) on NH-1 connecting Srinagar and Leh through Drass and Kargil.
“This tunnel when it will be completed it will be a landmark achievement within the history of recent India. it will  be of great importance to the Defence of the country.

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