More enchanting mountain resort than Davos planned near Zojila: Nitin Gadkari
A hill station, more enchanting than the famous Davos in Switzerland, is planned in the picturesque landscape between the 18 km stretch of the Zojila tunnel in Ladakh and the Z-Morh tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir, the minister said. ‘Union Nitin Gadkari.
A meeting with the lieutenant governors of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir is scheduled for next week in this regard.
“We plan to create a city on the hills, more attractive than Davos on the scenic 18 km high altitude terrain between Zojila Tunnel and Z-Morh Tunnel… The world-class project will change the dynamics of the territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir and create huge jobs, ”Minister of Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Gadkari told PTI.
Davos, a city in the Swiss Alps, is a popular ski resort and hosts the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.
Gadkari said a meeting is planned with the lieutenant governors of the union territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir to take the land in equity.
“A nominal rent of one rupee can be there and they will donate land as equity,” the minister said, adding that a beautiful hill station could easily appear in the area which experiences heavy snowfall.
The governments of Leh-Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir will be partners and stakeholders in the project, he said.
Zojila Pass is located at an elevation of 11,578 feet on the Srinagar-Kargil-Leh National Highway and remains closed during winters due to heavy snowfall.
Gadkari launched construction works for the Zojila tunnel in October this year and exuded confidence that the strategic project which will provide year-round connectivity between the Srinagar Valley and Leh and will be completed before the next Lok Sabha elections. ”, The Road Transport Minister of Roads and MSMEs said.
The project has a six-year completion schedule.
When completed, the tunnel, projected to be the longest in Asia, would cut travel time from 3 hours to 15 minutes with an avalanche-free journey on the Srinagar-Leh section of NH1.
The minister said his ministry could save the Exchequer Rs 5,000 crore by reducing the cost of the project from Rs 11,000 crore.
Regarding the mountain station project, the Minister said: “We will develop world-class infrastructure there, including roads, transport, water and communications. We develop and sell the plots by drawing up plans for hotels, restaurants, resorts, convention centers, residential accommodation. This in turn could pay rich dividends. “
He said the hill station could be a huge success with public-private investment and will create a lot of jobs by changing the economy of the place as it has all the potential to attract a lot of tourists, including foreigners.
“The design and planning of the hill station will be finalized with a Swiss architect,” he said.
He exuded confidence that the project would be a profitable business as it would lead to traffic growth for the tunnel and result in more tolls.
In January of this year, the government awarded the crucial Z-Morh Tunnel project in Jammu and Kashmir, which had dragged on long after its abandonment, to APCO Amarnathji Tunnelway, which will be built at a cost of Rs 2,379 crore.
The Z-Morh Tunnel as well as the Zojila Tunnel are designed to provide all-weather road connectivity to those parts of Jammu and Kashmir that remain closed during winters due to heavy snowfall. The project is expected to be completed by 2023.