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1.Tunnel will reduce travel time from 3 hrs to 15 mins

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.


2.What is Atal Tunnel?

At 9.02 km length, the tunnel will be one of the longest road tunnels in India.


3.Triveni Enterprises celebrates 50 years with new line of machines

The Bengaluru-based company has announced its new line of machines to mark the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the company.


4.25,000 Crore Fund for Real Estate

Considering banks have turned completely averse to funding real estate or infrastructure (ICICI has shut down its project finance division that funded infrastructure), the announcement of a Rs 250 billion fund is a lifeline.


5.CPWD approaches J&K administration to offer infrastructural support

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.


6.Government to invest in infrastructure expansion of three airports in J&K

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.


7.Infrastructure upgrade ahead for Leh as it may get the ‘Smart City’ tag

Post Ladakh being declared a Union Territory, it is likely that it’s headquarter Leh will be the next city to be awarded the ‘Smart City’ tag


8.Longest suspension bridge over Indus opens for public

The construction of the bridge was undertaken by the combat engineers of Sahas aur Yogyata regiment of Fire and Fury Corps of the Indian Army


9.Bids for Zojila Tunnel can be submitted between April 1-8

Fresh bids for India’s ambitious tunnel project – the Zojila tunnel – in Jammu and Kashmir has recently been invited by the government. State-run National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) will be accepting contract queries till March 18, and bids for the contract can be thereafter submitted between April 1-8 as per the bid documents.


10.Modi dedicates 220 kV Ladakh transmission line to the nation

In order to ensure a quality power supply to Ladakh throughout the year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reportedly dedicated the 220 kV Srinagar-Alusteng-Drass-Kargil-Leh transmission system to the nation


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