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PM Modi Inaugurated Asia’s Longest Road Tunnel: Zojila Tunnel

Published on May 21, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Zojila Tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Leh district.
 PM Modi inaugurated Asia’s longest road tunnel: Zojila tunnel
  • This tunnel would be India’s longest and Asia’s longest and strategic bi-directional tunnel which is expected to be finished within five years.
  • It is a 14.2 long tunnel which will provide all-weather connectivity between Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar, Kargil and Leh districts.
  • It will be constructed at an altitude of 3,528 metres high Zojila pass and is expected to bring down the travel time from 3.5 hours to 15 minutes.
  • The overall budget for the construction of the Zojila Tunnel is of Rs 6,809 crore.
  • It is being implemented by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRT&H) through the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).
  • The project has strategic and socio-economic importance and it aims to develop the economically backward districts in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • It would make sure that the land transportation is not disrupted in the region after the snowfall.
  • The construction of the tunnel was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs in January 2018.

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