Work on Banihal-Qazigund tunnel about to complete; says Dr Jitendra Singh


New Delhi: The Union Minister in the PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh, on Thursday said that the Banihal-Qazigund tunnel will be dedicated to the people soon as the work on it is about to complete.

In a tweet, Singh informed that the tunnel along the Srinagar-Jammu highway in J&K will be soon dedicated to the people.

“Work nearing completion! #Banihal-Qazigund Tunnel of 8.5 km at an elevation of 1,790 mtr is the only 4 lane twin tube tunnel in #JammuAndKashmir soon to be dedicated to the people,” Singh tweeted.

Pertinently, reports said that work on the double tube 8.5-km-long Banihal-Qazigund tunnel along the 270-km Jammu-Srinagar highway would likely open for traffic in March.

The work on the Rs 2100 crore project started in June 2011 by Navyuga engineering company and on completion, it would reduce the road distance between Banihal in Jammu province and Qazigund in South Kashmir by 16 km from the present 35 km, and it will bypass Jawahar Tunnel and Shaitani nullah, which is prone to heavy snowfall and slippery conditions during winters.