Srinagar-Leh’s Z-Morh tunnel to be inaugurated in April

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Srinagar-Leh’s Z-Morh tunnel to be inaugurated in April

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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