Construction of tunnel at Z-Morh for all weather connectivity from Srinagar to Leh

The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure today approved the implementation of the construction of the 6.50 kms long two lane bi-directional tunnel on a new alignment in between Gagangir and Sonamarg, along the exiting NH-1 at Z- Morh, approved by Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee for all weather connectivity from Srinagar to Leh on NH-1 (old NH -1D) in Jammu and Kashmir on BOT (Annuity) basis.

The length of the tunnel will be 6.5 kms and the length of approaches will be 6.05 kms.

The total capital cost of the project will Rs.2716.90 crore, out of which approximately, Rs.36.48 crore will be for land acquisition, rehabilitation, resettlement and pre-construction.

This project will expedite the improvement of infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir, and will also facilitate all weather connectivity between Srinagar and Leh. Besides enhancing the safety of road users, it will also increase the employment potential to local labourers for project activities and development of industry in the region. This will boost the industrial growth and local economic activities, with better commuting facilities in villages, towns and urban/semi urban areas, falling in, or situated close to the project highway.

The stretch between Srinagar and Leh would not only be important for the strategic interests of the Indian Army, but also for the survival of people of Laddakh and their socio-economic development.

Background:

Leh is connected to the mainland via the Jammu-Srinagar-Zozila-Kargil-Leh and Manali-Sarchu-Leh route. This is the only life line, not only for the strategic interests of the Indian Army, but also for the survival of thepeople of Laddakh and their socio-economic development. Both these routes remain completely cut off for six to seven months during winter (November to May),due to heavy snow fall and avalanche prone areas, on both sides along both routes.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is responsible for development and maintenance of Jammu – Srinagar – Zozila –Kargil-Leh stretch of National Highway 1. The implementing agency for this NH is Border Roads Organisation.

Construction of the 6.5 kms long two lane bi-directional tunnel, with parallel 6.5 kms long escape tunnel on the new alignment in between Gangagir and Sonamarg along the existing NH 1 at Z-Morh between kms. 69.5 to 81.3 will facilitate the establishment of all weather connectivity in the area.

This project with a capital cost of Rs.2716.90 crore has been granted final approval by the PPPAC in its 53rd Meeting held in July 2012.

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(Release ID :87776)