Zojila Tunnel

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    In Context

    • The government is pushing to complete the massive Zojila tunnel before Republic Day, 2024.

    About 

    • The Zojila tunnel will be India’s longest road tunnel and Asia’s longest bi-directional tunnel. 
    • The first part involves the development and expansion of the 18.475-km highway between Z-Morh to Zojila. 
      • A 3-km stretch will be expanded; the rest will be newly developed.
    •  The highway will have 2 twin-tube tunnels, 5 bridges, and 2 snow galleries.

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    • The second part is building the 14.15-km Zojila tunnel itself — 9.5 m wide, 7.57 m high, 2 lanes, in the shape of a horseshoe.

    Benefits 

    • The Zojila tunnel will allow travel between Srinagar and Ladakh throughout the year. 
    • It will provide all-weather connectivity with Srinagar allowing it to remain open to tourists all year round. 
    • The construction of the Zojila Tunnel may bring about all-around economic and socio-cultural integration of these regions which remains cut off from the rest of the country during winters due to heavy snowfall for about six months.

    Source:TH