The project will reduce the time taken to cross the Zojila pass from the present three and a half hours to just fifteen minutes. Zojila Pass tunnel will be India's longest tunnel and Asia’s longest 2-lane bi-directional pass.
Situated at an altitude of 11,578 feet on Srinagar-Kargil-Leh National Highway, the pass remains closed during winters (December to April). Heavy snowfall and avalanches cut off Leh-Ladakh region from Kashmir.
The government is hopeful of starting work on the strategic Rs 5,500-crore Zojila tunnel in Jammu & Kashmir by next year,a major step towards providing all-weather connectivity to people in Ladakh with Srinagar.