In the Kashmir Valley, Union Secretary of Road Transport and Highways Department Giridhar Aramane today visited the construction site of Z-Morh and Zojila tunnels at Sonamarg to have first-hand appraisal of the work progress made on these prestigious projects.
The concerned officials briefed him about the pace and progress of construction works on main tunnel and Escape tunnel, safety measures, ventilation water proofing works and drainage system. The Union Secretary was informed that the Escape tunnel is nearing completion and the main tunnel is expected to be completed by 2023.
The Union Secretary appreciated the forthcoming breakthrough of the Z-Morh Escape tunnel which will enable controlled movement during the winter season to Sonamarg. The tunnel will facilitate the locals and tourists to access Sonamarg during winter season which remains completely cut-off during winters due to road passing active avalanche areas.
The Secretary also visited the 32-Kilometre Zojila project with a major tunnel of 14 Kilometres for all weather connectivity of Kashmir with Ladakh. Ongoing works on Zojila Nilgrar portals and approach roads were also visited.
While inspecting the ongoing works of both the tunnel projects, the Secretary directed the officials of the executing agencies to expedite pace of works on the ambitious projects with the importance of the National Project, so that targets are achieved within the stipulated time frame.