PM Modi to launch works on Zojilla tunnel, other projects in J&K today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 May 2018 10:25:01




PRIME Minister Narendra Modi, who is arriving on a visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, will kickstart work on prestigious Zojilla tunnel, that will provide all-weather connectivity between Ladakh and the Valley, and lay foundation stones for or inaugurate other infrastructure projects. The Prime Minister is also expected to dedicate to the nation the 330-MW Kishenganga Power Project constructed in the Gurez area of Kashmir.

“The Prime Minister will attend the commencement of work on Zojila tunnel on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway at an event in Jive-tsal in Leh tomorrow,” an official spokesman said.  Modi will also lay foundation stone for the Srinagar Ring Road and Jammu Ring Road at separate events at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) Srinagar and at the General Zorawar Singh Auditorium in Jammu.

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari will also be present at the events. The 14-kilometre long Zojila tunnel will be India’s longest road tunnel and Asia’s longest bidirectional tunnel. The construction of this tunnel at a cost of Rs 6,800 crore will provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh. This route remains snow-bound for a large part of the year, and is ravaged by frequent avalanches. As a result, road connectivity to places in the Ladakh region stands disrupted for long periods, preventing even essential supplies from reaching people, shutting down businesses, affecting healthcare and education. The tunnel will cut down the time taken to cross the Zojila pass from the present 3.5 hours to just 15 minutes, besides making the drive much safer and convenient.


Red alert ahead of PM’s visit



SECURITY forces in Jammu and Kashmir were put on high alert on Friday ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to the State on Saturday. All entry and exit points into Srinagar and Jammu have been sealed by police and the CRPF who allowed vehicles to enter the cities only after thorough checking and frisking of the occupants. Makeshift barricades and mobile bunkers have been put up to regulate traffic to ensure that no unauthorized movement is allowed during the visit.