Anantnag (Srinagar): Unveiling Rs 10,000
crore road projects for Jammu & Kashmir that include two
strategic tunnels -- Quazigund-Banihal and Chenani-Nashri to
provide all weather connectivity to the state with the rest of
the country, the Centre on Monday said it is committed to rapid
growth of the region.
"UPA government is committed to the rapid development of
Jammu & Kashmir government has taken up road and rail projects
worth Rs 30,000 crore. This will be a boost to the state?s
economy as it will promote trade and tourism here," Road
Transport and Highways Minister C P Joshi said while laying
foundation stone of 8.45 km tunnel between Quazigund and
The Banihal tunnel, part of Rs 1,987 crore
Quazigund-Banihal project on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway
is one of the largest road tunnels in India and the first of
its kind to be taken up on public-private-partnership mode.
The tunnel on completion will make the highway, which
remains closed for over 40 days in a year due to snow-fall, an
It will also reduce the distance between Banihal and
Srinagar by 16 km besides giving a boost to the trade in the
The tunnel will also have an emergency lane and a
provision for emergency cross passages besides proper
ventilation. Apart from the 8.45 km tunnel, a 0.69 km tunnel
will also be built there.