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Construction of 8.5 Km all-weather Banihal-Qazigund tunnel completes, thrown open for trial

Last Updated on August 4, 2021 at 2:40 pm

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said that the construction work of the 8.5 km all-weather tunnel connecting Qazigund and Banihal in Jammu and Kashmir has been completed and it has been thrown open for trial.

Gadkari tweeted, “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, another milestone in infrastructure development of Jammu and Kashmir is fulfilled. The 8.5 km tunnel between Quazigund and Banihal has been completed and open to traffic for trial.”

Terming it as “Pragati Ka Highway”, the minister said, “Built at 5800 feet above sea level, the tunnel will replace Jawahar tunnel and will provide all weather connectivity. It will reduce travel time between Jammu-Srinagar by about 1.5 hours and 16 km.”

The tunnel will facilitate connectivity between Kashmir and Jammu and solve the problem of road closures due to snowfalls and landslides in winters.