Leh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today kickstarted work for Zojila tunnel, Asia’s longest and strategic bi-directional tunnel, to provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh.
The prime minister who is on a day’s visit to all the three regions — Leh, Kashmir and Jammu– of Jammu and Kashmir also attended the closing ceremony of the 100th birth anniversary celebrations of the 19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche (Buddhist spiritual guru) in Leh.
The tunnel will cut down the time taken to cross the Zojila pass from three and a half hours to just fifteen minutes.
Zojila pass is situated at an altitude of 11,578 feet on Srinagar-Kargil-Leh National Highway and remains closed during winters due to heavy snowfall, cutting off Ladakh region from Kashmir.
The project aims at construction of 14.15 kilomete-long two lane bi-directional single tube tunnel. PTI