‘Completion may take over 6 years: Reddy
Ganderbal, Oct 15: Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari Thursday made an on-line initiation to the first blasting for Zojila Tunnel which will provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar and Leh.
Besides Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, top Ganderbal district officers including DC Ganderbal Shafqat Iqbal, SSP Khalil Poswal and others were present on the occasion.
The twin blasting was done at Sarbal Baltal from one side and at Minimarag on the other side.
Mega Engineering Infrastructure Company, Chief General Manager Shrinath Reddy told news agency KNT that 14.5 kilometer long Zojila Tunnel will be completed at a cost of Rs 6300 Crore. He said it will take at least six years to get this important tunnel completed.
Reddly said that accumulation of snow during winters is the biggest problem but the technical team will hopefully handle it.
On this occasion Divisional Commissioner Kashmir visited Z-Mohr Tunnel. Four out of six kilometers have already been completed of this tunnel. Divisional Commissioner assured people that local people with technical skills will be employed in the construction of Zojila Tunnel.
Pertinently, Zojila Pass is located at an altitude of 11,578 feet. During winter, it remains closed due to heavy snowfall, thereby cutting off the Ladakh region from Kashmir.
The ambitious project, slated to make the travel on Srinagar-Kargil-Leh Section of NH-1 free from avalanches, got stalled for some period.