New Delhi: The 8.5 km tunnel between Quazigund and Banihal, which will reduce travel time between Jammu and Srinagar by about 1.5 hours and 16 km, has been opened to traffic for trial, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday.
The Road Transport and Highways Minister in a tweet said that, built at 5,800 feet above sea level, the tunnel will replace Jawahar tunnel and will provide all weather connectivity.
“…The 8.5 km tunnel between Quazigund and Banihal has been completed and open to traffic for trial,” he said.
Gadkari added that it will reduce travel time between Jammu and Srinagar by about 1.5 hours and 16 km.
J&K’s Lt Governor Manoj Sinha expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his vision of building quality infrastructure in J&K for the coming generations. The UT has recently witnessed a phase of unprecedented progress in Road connectivity projects among others, he added in a tweet.