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ZOJI LA TUNNEL REVIEWED BY UNION MINISTER ANURAG THAKUR

ZOJI LA TUNNEL REVIEWED BY UNION MINISTER ANURAG THAKUR

Context:

Union Minister Anurag Thakur has reviewed the construction work of the Zojila Pass tunnel in J&K. During the inspection, the Minister conducted the Second Blasting of the Tunnel which will be completed at the cost of Rs.4,500 crores.

About Zoji La Tunnel:

  • It is a 14.2 km long road tunnel under Zoji La pass in the Himalayas between Sonmarg and Drass town in the Kargil district of the Indian Union Territory of Ladakh.
  • It is currently under construction, with completion expected about 5–7 years after the beginning of construction in 2018.
  • The Tunnel will help keep the UT of Ladakh connected for the whole year with the rest of the country.
  • The tunnel along with the 6.5 km long Z-Morh Tunnel will ensure year-long road connectivity between Srinagar and Kargil which currently remains closed for about 7 months due to heavy snowfall on the Zoji La pass, situated at an altitude of 3,528 m (11,578 feet) on Srinagar-Kargil-Leh highway.
  • It is 15 km from Sonamarg and provides a vital link with Drass and Kargil in Ladakh but remains closed for 6–7 months (from November to May) during winter due to heavy snowfall & snow avalanches.

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