Nitin Gadkari urges ILFS to explore Rail alignment in Zojila Tunnel

NEW DELHI: Union Minister Mr Nitin Gadkari urged IL&FS Transportation to explore the possibility of a rail alignment also in the Zojila pass tunnel project to provide all weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said. IL&FS Transportation has been awarded the project for Zojila pass tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir for which a construction period of 2,555 days has been fixed.

An official said that “Road Transport and Highways Minister Gadkari has urged IL&FS to explore the possibility of laying a rail alignment also in the tunnel as per Prime Minister’s suggestion.”

The official said that the Minister during an event for signing of MoU for the tunnel, also asked IL&FS to complete the work faster than the assigned seven years. “The IL&FS has said that they will explore the possibility of escape tunnel for this (rail alignment).