The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for the construction, operation and maintenance of the 2-lane bi-directional Zojila Tunnel with Parallel Escape (Egress) Tunnel excluding approaches on Srinagar-Leh section connecting NH-1A at Km 95.00 and at Km 118.00 in Jammu & Kashmir on Engineering, Procurement and Construction mode. The construction of this tunnel will provide all weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh bringing about all round economic and socio-cultural integration in these regions.
The construction period of the project is seven and the total capital cost of the project is Rs 6808.69 crore. The project will be implemented by Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRT&H) through National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL). It will further increase the employment potential for the local labourers for the project activities.
This project along with other ongoing projects like 6.5 km long Z-Morh tunnel at Gagangir would ensure safe, fast and cheap connectivity between the two regions of Kashmir and Ladakh.