Central government has been monitoring the progress on the important projects for Ladakh so that it remains connected in all the seasons.
In this regard recently the Union Minister visited the Zojila tunnel project and asked the officials to achieve the target within the timeline as the border security was paramount for the government.
He was informed that the breakthrough of Escape tunnel has already been achieved on 16 September, 2021 besides the work in the main tunnel which is 6412 meters long for regular bi-directional traffic is going on in full swing and its breakthrough is expected before the forthcoming winter season.
While discussing the provisions for safe movement of traffic, the Minister was informed that lay byes, motor and pedestrian cross passages, fire fighting niches and SOS communication are kept for safe movement of traffic even during emergency situations.
Expressing satisfaction over the work progress, he said the Z-morh tunnel will facilitate locals and tourists to access Sonamarg during the winter season as well and will facilitate socio-economic boost to J&K in general and locals in particular.
If the government is able to complete these projects, it would be a game changer not only for the Union Territory of Ladakh but also for the health resort of Sonamarg as it has huge potential for winter tourism.