Jammu, July 14: The Central Government has cleared Highway projects worth Rs 25,000 Crore for Jammu and Kashmir which will be undertaken this year. This was announced by Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari during the final blast ceremony of Chenani-Nashri tunnel to provide all weather road connectivity between Jammu and Srinagar.
Gadkari said that the Central Government is committed to do more work than what was done in the last 50 years and the tunnel would be inaugurated by Prime Minister, Narender Modi next year in May, which is part of Rs. 12,000 Crore Jammu-Sringar project. The project will reduce the distance between Jammu-Srinagar by 91 Km which lead to a saving of Rs 27 lakh per day on fuel on completion of this project.
The 9.2 Km tunnel which is the part of the ambitious 286 Km long four laning of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway will reduce the distance between two capital cities Jammu and Srinagar by around 30 km and will reduce traffic jams on NH1A that occurs due to snow fall and landslides. The tunnel connecting Chenani in Udhampur district with Nashri in Ramban district is being completed at a cost of over 2500 crore. It will also reduce the existing road distance between two points on the highway from 41Km to 10.89 Km.
The two tubes of the 9.2 Km tunnel internally connected through 29 cross passages (each after a gap of 300 meters) and escape tunnel exclusively be used for pedestrians. There is a provision for the ventilation keeping in view the distance of the tunnel .this state of the art tunnel project also have parking spots after a specific distance to tow away or shift vehicles in case of a breakdown.
Union Minister Gadkari termed the tunnel work as a historical milestone equipped with world class ITCS and said that 14 Kilometre long Zozila tunnel will also start soon.
With Inputs from-Online Media Sources