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.
In a major development in the Zojila Pass Tunnel project in Jammu Kashmir - Ladakh, Megha Engineering and Infrastructure (MEIL) emerged as the lowest bidder by quoting Rs 45.099 million. The other two bidders in the running were Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Ircon International JV. The contract was awarded to MEIL thus giving impetus to the long-stalled project in the right direction. National highways and Industrial Development Corporation (NHIDCL) had opened the bids on 14 August 2020.
The heavy civil infrastructure business of L&T Construction has secured an order from Rail Vikas Nigam (RVNL) for the construction of Rishikesh – Karanprayag Tunnel 2 package works which comprises tunnels, bridges and formation works in the state of Uttarakhand
TATA Projects has announced that the company has recently commenced work on the Pune Metro Underground line. The work commenced with the gigantic Tunnel Boring Machine being flagged off to start execution of its task from the Agriculture College grounds in Pune.