Locals should be working on the Z-Morh tunnel project, says MP Farooq Abdullah

Dr Farooq is the first leader to traverse the tunnel, according to the party’s official statement

NEW DELHI — Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) President and Member of Parliament, Dr Farooq Abdullah, on Monday said that the local people should be employed for the construction work of the Z-Morh tunnel.

The JKNC President made these remarks after he visited the Z-Morh tunnel construction site near Sonamarg.

As per the party’s official statement, Dr Farooq is the first leader to cross the tunnel. During his visit, he was also accompanied by Mian Altaf, Nasir Aslam, and Tanvir Sadiq.

Z-Morh Tunnel

The Z-Morh Tunnel, a 6.5 km long road tunnel now under construction between Srinagar and Kargil in the Union Territory of Ladakh, would enable connectivity in all-weather situations.

The tunnel is titled after the Z-shaped length of road that will be replaced between Sonamarg and Gagangir.

The tunnel, which is being built at Gagangir in the Ganderbal district of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, is crucial for India because it would give dependable, year-round access to the disputed borders with Pakistan.

The route would be exposed to severe snowfall and avalanches without this tunnel, necessitating its closure for roughly seven months of the year. However, the Z-Morh Tunnel and the Zoji-La Tunnel, located 22 kilometers southeast of Leh, will ensure that Srinagar and Kargil remain connected.

The tunnel is expected to enhance social and economic growth in the region and tourism in Sonamarg, which has sights like the Thajiwas Glacier and activities such as Sind River whitewater rafting.

The completion of the Z-Morh tunnel would also considerably cut travel time between Srinagar and Leh, since commuters will no longer need to stop overnight in Kargil to complete the journey—the tunnel will ensure vehicle access to the whole stretch of road all year.

Previously, the BRO was supposed to be the owner and nodal agency for the project. It has now been handed over to the NHIDCL for implementation.

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