Union Government ordered rebidding for 10050 crore rupees Zoji La tunnel

Mar 2, 2016 13:01 IST

Zoji La: A high mountain pass located on the Indian National Highway 1D between Srinagar and Leh in the western section of the Himalayan mountain range

The Zoji La tunnel was in news in the first week of March 2016. It was in news because the Union Government has ordered rebidding of the strategic 10050-crore rupees tunnel contract in Jammu and Kashmir, which was earlier given to IRB Infrastructure.

The decision to rebid the tunnel project was taken at a meeting, presided by Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari.

As some doubts were raised in respect of the project, rebidding was ordered to maintain complete transparency and uphold probity in public life.

Zoji La is 9 km from Sonamarg and provides a vital link between Ladakh and Kashmir. It runs at an elevation of approximately 3528 metres, and is the second highest pass after Fotu La on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway.

During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947, Zoji La was seized by Pakistani fighters in 1948 in their campaign to capture Ladakh. The pass was captured by Indian forces on 1 November 1948 in an assault codenamed Operation Bison.

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