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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated ' Kunfer-Peerah Tunnel' in Ramban

Published on April 14, 2023
Current Context: Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the Kunfer-Peerah tunnel at Ramban on 11 April 2023.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated ' Kunfer-Peerah Tunnel' in Ramban
  • The Union Minister announced that the completion of four more tunnels on the Ramban-Banihal section of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is expected by next March.
  • Additionally, another tunnel will soon be commissioned, which will shorten the travel distance between Jammu and Srinagar to around three and a half hours.
  • To improve connectivity between Jammu and Srinagar, three corridors are being built at a cost of Rs 35,000 crore.
  • The first corridor connects Jammu to Udhampur-Ramban-Banihal, and then onward to Srinagar, which includes the section from Srinagar to Banihal.
  • This 250-kilometer-long four-lane road is being constructed at a cost of Rs 16 thousand crore. As of now, 210 km of the route has been completed with four lanes, featuring ten tunnels spanning 21.5 km.
Kunfer-Peerah Tunnel:
  • Tube 1, which is 924 meters long, will provide an alternative route bypassing the congested, accident-prone area between Nashri and Ramban that spans 2.9 km.
  • This tunnel is a crucial component of the National Highways Authority of India's (NHAI) four-laning project between Udhampur and Ramban on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
  • The tunnel will significantly shorten the distance of the National Highway. The construction of the second tube, T-2 of Kunfer-Peerah tunnel, is currently underway, and excavation work on the second tube has only 50 to 100 meters remaining.

Question:

Q.1 Where has the Kunfer-Peerah tunnel been inaugurated by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari recently?
a. Sikkim
b. Jammu and Kashmir
c. Ladakh 
d. Uttarakhand
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