The blasting of 14.15 km long all-weather Zojila tunnel at an altitude of 3000 metres connecting Srinagar valley and Leh will be initiated today by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. “Inside the tunnel the temperature is always on the higher side,” Prashant said. It involves construction of a 14.15-km long tunnel at an altitude of about 3,000 m under Zojila pass (presently motorable only for six months in a year) on NH-1 connecting Srinagar and Leh through Drass and Kargil. The project is likely to be completed by 2023. “Work will start in full swing after winters and till then we have time to stockpile all the material as well as move the machinery,” Prashant said, adding that the haulage coming out of the tunnel will be efficiently dumped keeping in view the fragile environment. The longest tunnel will be 27 km long. The 14 km long tunnel will reduce the time to cross the Zoji La from more than 3 hours to just 15 minutes. The construction company has already begun the job from the eastern portal in Minimarg area on Kargil side, digging a few meters deep inside the 14.2-km-long tunnel that is proposed to be dug 700 meters below the surface in the rugged, avalanche-prone mountainous terrain. A six-year-deadline has been fixed to complete the tunnel. June 2020: Fresh bids invited for construction of tunnel. It takes more than 3 hours to cross the pass but the tunnel will reduce the time. The would be Asia's longest tunnel is going to be 14.15 kms long and worth Rs 6809 crore. The tunnel built at an altitude of 11578 feet will be very modern. Scheduled for completion around 2025, the Zojila Tunnel will permit round-the-year connectivity with the strategically important regions of Kargil and Drass — which ranks as the second coldest inhabited place (population 15,500) on Earth after Russia’s Oymyakon. The project is to be built on EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) mode. The tunnel will reduce the travel time through the ZojiLa Pass from 3 hours to just 15 minutes, and will also achieve the critical all-weather connectivity across the ZojiLa Pass on the Sonamarg-Kargil section of the strategic highway that connects Srinagar to Leh, which remains cut off for nearly six months due to snowfall during winter. Prashant Kumar, deputy general manager with Hyderabad-based construction company Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited (MEIL), which has been entrusted with construction of this key tunnel by the Government of India-owned National Highways and Industrial Development Corporation (NHIDCL), told Kashmir Reader that advice is being sought from leading tunnelling experts in the world as well as in India on how to arrive at the middle of the tunnel. The tunnel, which will come up at an altitude of 3,528 metres high Zojila pass, is expected to bring down the travel time from 3.5 hours to 15 minutes. It is in the Himalayas, between Sonamarg and Dras city in Kargil district of the Indian Union Territory of Ladakh. 4. Zoji La tunnel first section will involve the construction of a 18.50-km road. Larsen & Toubro, Medha Engineering and Infrastructure Ltd and IRCON have placed a bid for the ₹4,400 crore Zojila Pass tunnel connecting Kashmir with Ladakh. Zoji La is a high mountain pass located in the Kargil district of Ladakh. Aman Bhatt, one of the planning engineers with MEIL, said that if the haulage from the main tunnel is ferried on trucks carrying 12 cubic meter of load, it would need 41,11,045 such trips. The strategic Zojila tunnel for all-year connectivity between Leh and Srinagar may undergo some design changes to prevent cost escalation as the government plans to complete the project at the earlier estimated cost of about Rs 6,800 crore, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said.. [1] The tunnel along with 6.5 km long Z-Morh Tunnel, (which is 22 km before Zoji La tunnel towards Srinagar)[2] will ensure year-long road connectivity between Srinagar and Kargil which currently remains closed for about seven months due to heavy snowfall on the Zoji La pass which is situated at an altitude of 3,528 m (11,578 feet) on Srinagar-Kargil-Leh highway. Zoji La tunnel. Earlier it was supposed to be built under PPP mode where private player was supposed to make the investment and later recover via toll but despite calling for bids five times since 2013, no bid came for one time and for rest only single private player showed interest thus each time bid was cancelled. The total length of the tunnels is expected to be around 244 km. The tunnel will reduce the travel time through the ZojiLa Pass … May 19, 2018 7:30 pm. [3], The Zoji La tunnel project was approved by the Government of India in January 2018 and the commencement of its construction was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May 2018. He said even though finding the adit is a hard task, the company will have to accomplish it by all means as it is critical for adhering to the completion time of the tunnel that has been fixed at 72 months. Zojila pass . 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Zojila Pass tunnel will be India's longest tunnel and Asia’s longest 2-lane bi-directional pass. The Zoji La tunnel project was approved by the Government of India in January 2018 and the commencement of its construction was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May 2018. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the Rs 6,809 crore Zojila tunnel project in Jammu and Kashmir’s Leh. Zoji La Tunnel is a 14.2 km long road tunnel under Zoji La pass in the Himalayas between Sonmarg and Drass town in Kargil district of the Indian Union Territory of Ladakh, currently under construction, with completion expected about 5-7 years after commencement of construction in 2018. FP Staff May 20, 2018 08:58:58 IST. Zojila pass, situated at an altitude of 11,578-ft on Srinagar-Kargil-Leh NH, remains closed during winters due to heavy snowfall and avalanches, cutting Leh-Ladakh region from Kashmir. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ StumbleUpon Pinterest Shares Called an ‘adit’ in tunnelling parlance, a horse-shoe shaped excavation in the middle will open up two passages in opposite directions The 14.2-km-long tunnel is to be dug 700 metres below the surface. The company is also moving its machinery amid frigid conditions to brace up for work on the western portal in Sonamarg area, where work on one of the first sections has just commenced. This tunnel was a strategic requirement of the army and the Ladakhi people as the pass is close to LOC and vulnerable to hostile actions by terrorists. The proposed tunnel will pass through the Zojila Pass, which serves as the gateway to the Ladakh region. 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[4] The tunnel will be built under EPC mode (engineering, procurement, construction) wherein the Government of India will provide the money and the executing agency will do the construction and will later hand over the project to the Government of India. It consists of 14.150 km long two-lane bidirectional single tube tunnel with parallel 14.200 km long egress (escape) tunnel, making it Asia’s longest bidirectional road tunnel. Zoji La is 15 km from Sonamarg and provides a vital link with Drass and Kargil in Ladakh but remains closed for 6-7 months (from November to May) during winter due to heavy snow fall & snow avalanches. Bang in the Middle: Construction of the ZojiLa Tunnel added by ABDUL MOHAMIN on 12:14 am January 18, 2021View all posts by ABDUL MOHAMIN →. The excavation work on the tunnel was completed in October 2017 when the south and north ends were joined. The company will also simultaneously work on the first section that is to be developed by constructing the 18.5 kilometre road towards the main tunnel reaching Baltal via Sonamarg and Nilgrath. The New Austrian Tunnelling Method for constructing the tunnel. It will be situated at altitude of 11,578 feet on Srinagar-Kargil-Leh National Highway (NH-1A). Your email address will not be published. The completed tunnel will open in September 2020. Zoji La Tunnel is a 14.2 km long road tunnel under Zoji La pass in the Himalayas between Sonmarg and Drass town in Kargil district of the Indian Union Territory of Ladakh, currently under construction, with completion expected about The western portal is at. We are the organisation that has dreamt of becoming a voice of the voiceless and has pledged to be with the truth. Launched in May 2012, Kashmir Reader is one of the leading English language newspapers of Jammu and Kashmir. Zoji La is the second highest pass after Fotu La on the Srinagar-Leh highway, which often remains closed during winter. He said that given that several tunnel projects are coming up in JK and neighbouring areas, the company is sticking to the tested techniques. The government in January approved the Rs 6,809-crore strategic Zojila pass tunnel project in Jammu and Kashmir. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The project will reduce the time taken to cross the Zojila pass from the present three and a half hours to just fifteen minutes. This first section will have two small tunnels and five bridges. Aug 2020: MEIL (Megha Engineering & Infrastructure Ltd) emerges as lowest bidder for the tender with quoted price of ₹4509 crores. Oct 15, 2020, 13:32 PM IST Image Source : FILE PHOTO. The safety features will include emergency telephones and fire-fighting cabinets at every 125 metre, pedestrian cross-passages at every 250 metre and motorable cross passages and lay-bye at every 750 metre. By Northlines - March 6, 2019. PM Modi inaugurates Zojila project in Leh: All you need to know about India's longest tunnel. “The task is locating such a point in this treacherous terrain from where our approach and haulage is easy,” he said, explaining that instead of working on a 14-kilometre tunnel, an adit will enable work on two 7-km tunnel sections. The Z-Morh Tunnel along with the Zojila tunnel are designed to provide all-weather road connectivity to Jammu and Kashmir parts which remain closed during the winters due to heavy snowfall. After Atal Tunnel, the work of Zojila Tunnel starts to connect Kargil to Srinagar. Planned as a smart tunnel, it will have the latest safety features such as fully transverse ventilation system, uninterrupted power supply, emergency lighting, CCTV monitoring, variable message signs, traffic logging equipment and tunnel radio system. Share on Facebook. Our endeavour to pursue free and fair journalism is possible only when we are both editorially and financially sound. The project holds strategic significance as Zojila Pass is situated at an altitude of 11,578 feet on the Srinagar-Kargil-Leh National Highway and remains closed during winters due to heavy snowfall. O n 19th May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Zojila tunnel project, which will provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh and, at 14.2 km, will also be the country’s longest road tunnel.. Once ready, the tunnel … Zoji La was re-captured from Pakistani raiders under Operation Bison. We will never give up; we will persevere to the last drop of our ink. The whole project will cost more than Rs 4,500 crore, but that is less than the cost of the earlier shelved ZojiLa project that had seen cost escalation to the tune of Rs 1,600 crore after it was abandoned by IL&FS Transportation Network, the road development arm of the crisis-hit Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS). Zojila pass is situated at an altitude of 11,578 feet on Srinagar-Kargil-Leh National Highway which remains closed during winters ; It will take seven years for the completion of the project Sonamarg: The search is on for what would be the middle of the ZojiLa tunnel, as it is from where Asia’s longest and one of the world’s highest road tun- nels would be carved out, simultane- ously, in opposite directions. According to company estimates, more than 41 lakh truck loads of haulage is expected to be pulled out of this tunnel. In 2018, the Zojila tunnel project was launched. He said that hard rock is always better than fractured one or loose material, “but we expect both of these.” The work has begun only three months ago, and presently the company is consulting the best minds in the tunnelling profession to figure out a way to reach to the middle. The existing road from another under-construction tunnel at Z-Morh to the main ZojilLa tunnel will also have to be widened. Deadline for completion set at 72 months. The project has a completion schedule of six years. June 2017: Contract to be awarded to the bidders by June end and work to start in August 2017. It will also be Asia’s longest bi-directional tunnel. Given the rugged nature of mountains around and the harsh climate, Prasant said that the search is on for an appropriate area from where the middle of the tunnel can be reached by men as well as heavy equipment to start excavations from there. The Zoji-La pass has been inaugarated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his Jammu & Kashmir visit. Zojila pass remains closed during winters due to heavy snowfall, cutting off Ladakh region from Kashmir. The initial cost of the tunnel is US$930 million. The project aims at construction of 14.2 km long two-lane bi-directional single tube tunnel with a parallel 14.2 km long egress tunnel. The project, earlier awarded in 2017, was terminated after the crisis-hit IL&FS. More than 41 lakh truck loads of haulage expected to be pulled out of the tunnel. Prashant said that while the two fronts on east and west are being tackled, with boring in progress, an approachable intermediate access to this tunnel will open two more fronts that will be worked on in opposite directions and will catch up with the two ends that are in progress at Sonamarg and Minimarg. Its construction period will be five years because of a very difficult terrain where in some areas the temperature drops to minus 45 degree Celsius. The pass links Leh and Srinagar and provides an important link between Union Territories of Ladakh and Kashmir. Once inside the tunnel, though, the workers will not have to encounter the harsh cold climate outside, which goes down to minus 30-35 degrees Celsius in Minimarg and below minus 20 Celsius at the Sonamarg end. When completed, it will be the longest bidirectional … This method involves not the use of a tunnel boring machine but of blasting by explosives inside the tunnel to carve out a horse shoe-shaped bi-direction tunnel that would be 9.5 meters wide and 7.57 meters high, and a daily target of 2.5 m tunnelling on each front is expected to be achieved. 3 hours distance in 15 minutes. The GoI has also done away with a parallel emergency tunnel in the ZojiLa project, changing the initial design, which has led to halving the project cost to around Rs 4,400 crore. The Zojila tunnel under the Zojila pass, is a 14.2 km long road tunnel. Once completed, the tunnel, projected as Asia’s longest, would reduce the travel time from 3 … January 2018: Union Cabinet approves tunnel to be built at a cost of, May 2018: Foundation stone laid by Prime Minister, March 2019: The project is to be bid again as earlier developer. Called an “adit” in tunnelling parlance, Prashant said that it was vital for the whole construction as it could expedite the tunnelling job. Our endeavour to pursue free and fair journalism is possible only when we are both editorially and financially sound. The expected time of completion is 5 years. Zojila Tunnel completion to take longer period; Centre orders rebidding. The project involves construction of a 14.15-km long tunnel at an altitude of about 3,000 m under Zojila pass (presently motorable only for six months in a … Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the Rs 6,809 crore Zojila tunnel project in Jammu and Kashmir’s Leh, kickstarting the work for Asia’a longest and strategic bi-directional tunnel, which will provide all-weather connectivity between Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar, Kargil and Leh. The civil construction cost of the project is, May 2017: Four private players bid for the ₹10,000 crore project namely. Jammu Tawi, Mar 05. For the mountain pass in Ladakh, see Zoji La. The BRO has already conducted feasibility studies to bore a tunnel under the 11,575-ft Zoji La connecting Srinagar and Leh. # thedawn # shinkula # zojilatunnel # ataltunnel The Zojila Pass of Kargil is considered to be the most dangerous pass in the world. 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