Published On:March 29 2023
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Srinagar-Leh’s Z-Morh tunnel to be ready in April: Nitin Gadkari.

The crucial Z-Morh tunnel that connects Gagangir and Sonamarg on the Srinagar-Leh highway will be inaugurated next month according to Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari. Speaking at Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) Annual Day 2023, he said nine tunnels are being built between Jammu and Srinagar and that Asia’s longest tunnel at Zoji La will also be ready in 2024.

“Around 70% of the work at the Zoji La tunnel has been completed and it will be inaugurated in 2024,” he said. This 13.5-km-long Zoji La tunnel costs Rs. 4,900 crore and once complete will convert National Highway 1 connecting Srinagar with Leh into an all-weather road. This will be a significant development since the route is closed due to heavy snowfall during the winter months.

Gadkari said that the road construction in the country cuts down the time of travel.

“After completion of the Delhi-Mumbai expressway, people can travel between Delhi and Mumbai in just 12 hours; Nagpur Mumbai in 5 hours and Nagpur Pune in 6 hours. From Manali to Rohtang pass it takes a travel time of 3.5 hours and now with Atal Tunnel, one can cross the tunnel in just 45 minutes and reach in 8 minutes after coming out of the tunnel,” he said.

He also said that efforts are being made to decongest the national capital. “We are focussing on developing outer-outer ring road which passes over 13 railways lines. Roadmap has been prepared to shift wholesale markets and warehouses to designated zones around this zone. This will decongest Delhi- commercial vehicles will bypass entry into Delhi, reducing pollution problem,” Gadkari said.


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