Srinagar-Leh’s Z-Morh tunnel to be inaugurated in April
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The crucial Z-Morh tunnel that connects Gagangir and Sonamarg on the Srinagar-Leh highway will be inaugurated in April 2023 according to Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari.
An overview of the news
He said nine tunnels were being built between Jammu and Srinagar and Asia's longest tunnel at Zojila would also be ready by 2024.
About Z-Morh tunnel
Zoji-Morh tunnel is an under-construction tunnel located in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
It is a 6.5 km long tunnel between Gagangir and Sonamarg on the Srinagar-Leh highway.
The tunnel is being constructed at an altitude of 11,578 feet and will provide all-weather connectivity to the Kashmir Valley.
The tunnel will have a two-lane carriageway which is being constructed using the latest tunneling technology.
The project is being implemented by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).
This tunnel will reduce the travel time between Srinagar and Leh by about four hours.
About Zojila Pass
It is a high mountain pass in Jammu and Kashmir, located on National Highway 1.
It connects Srinagar in Kashmir Valley to Leh in Ladakh region.
It has an elevation of about 3,528 metres (11,575 ft), and is the second highest pass on the Srinagar–Leh National Highway after Photu La.
This is known as the 'Icy Storm Pass'.
The Zojila Tunnel project was started in the year 2018. It is the longest and strategic bi-directional tunnel in Asia.
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