India Unveils $2.2bn Jammu & Kashmir Road Project

August 5, 2011

India has unveiled a plan to invest $INR100bn ($2.2bn) for road projects in Jammu & Kashmir state.

The investment will be used in road projects including two strategic tunnels – Quazigund-Banihal and
Chenani-Nashri – to provide all-weather connectivity to the state with the rest of the country.

The 8.45km Quazigund-Banihal project will be part of the INR19.8bn ($440m) Quazigund-Banihal
project on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

On completion, the tunnel will reduce the distance between Banihal and Srinagar by 16km.The tunnel
will have an emergency lane for emergency cross passages as well as proper ventilation.

Apart from the 8.45km tunnel, the 0.69km Chenani-Nashri tunnel will also be built under the project.

The road project will reduce the distance between Jammu to Srinagar to 50km and reduce the
travelling time to 4-5 hours from the current 8-10 hours.

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