Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Shri Nitin Gadkari on 14 October 2020 initiated the first blasting for Zozila Tunnel in J&K. The tunnel will provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar valley and Leh (Ladakh plateau) on NH-1, and will bring about an all-round economic and socio–cultural integration of Jammu & Kashmir (Now UTs of J&K and Ladakh). It involves construction of a 14.15 Km long tunnel at an altitude of about 3000 m under Zojila pass (presently motorable only for 6 months in a year) on NH-1 connecting Srinagar and Leh through Dras & Kargil. It is one of the most dangerous stretch in the world to drive a vehicle and this project is also geo-strategically sensitive.
The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has reportedly offered the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) administration support in developing economical and quality infrastructure in the upcoming Union Territories of J&K and Leh which will be formed on October 31.
The government is set to spend an estimated amount of Rs 10 billion in the span of the next three years for the expansion of three airports in the newly formed union territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). This investment to improve connectivity is seen in light of the government’s plans to bring the territory closer to rest of the nation.