Government's big push to connect Ladakh round the year Invites bids for Zojila tunnel and flouts tenders for preparation of DPR for Shinkun-La, Tanglang-La and Lachaung- La tunnels

By Reach Ladakh Correspondent Leh, May 14, 2020
Leh :

To connect Ladakh round the year, Govt. of India lead by Prime Minister Narendra Modi invites bids for Zojila tunnel and preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for three major tunnels including Shinkun-La, Tanglang-La and Lachaung- La through National Highways and Infrastructure Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).

Expressing gratitude, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, MP Ladakh stated that construction of these four major tunnels is a long pending demand of the people of Ladakh. He said that this significant and historic development is a new beginning for Ladakh. 

He said that connecting Ladakh round the year will lead Ladakh towards new era of development and opportunities. Also, this will ease the life of Ladakhi people living in this strategically important region bordering with two hostile neighbour countries China and Pakistan, the security and supremacy of nation will be strengthened. 

He further added that the four major tunnels for Ladakh show determination and concern of PM Modi for the people of Ladakh. He called the path breaking projects started by Modi Govt.  for Ladakh including Bilaspur-Manali-Leh New Rail Line,  new Terminal building of Kushok Bakula Rinpoche (KBR) Airport at Leh to improve connectivity and PM Modi’s vision to develop Ladakh as a carbon neutral region.

NHIDCL has invited bids for construction of Zojila tunnel with Approach Road on both western and eastern side worth ₹ 622.29 core with completion period of 24 months.  Also, it invited bids for Consultancy Service for preparation of Detail Project Report and providing Pre-Construction activities for construction of Highway Tunnel including approaches across Shinkun-La, Tanglang-La and Lachaung La in the Union Territory of Ladakh.

Jamyang Tsering Namgyal also conveyed his gratitude to the Minister of Road, Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari for his proactive care for the overall development of the newly carved Union Territory of Ladakh by issuing the tender notices even during these challenging times of pandemic.

Opening up of Shinkun-La via Manali would connect Zanskar one of the remotest region of Ladakh with rest of the world round the year which otherwise remains cutoff even with district headquarter Kargil during winter months.