Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday reviewed the construction work of the strategically important 6.5-km Z-Morh tunnel here on the Srinagar-Leh highway.
Speaking with reporters at the Z-Morh tunnel site, Gadkari said his ministry is also building 20 tunnels of a total length of 32 km in Jammu and Kashmir and 11 tunnels of a total length of 20 km in Ladakh.
The cost of building these 31 tunnels in Union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh will be around Rs 1.4 lakh crore, the road transport and highways minister said.
Gadkari claimed that in the past two years, the Modi government has been able to do the same amount of work related to road projects in Jammu and Kashmir that earlier took 50 years.
He said that after the completion of the Z-Morh tunnel, the local tourism economy will get a boost.
The Z-Morh tunnel between Gagangir and Sonmarg will provide connectivity in all weather conditions between Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir and Kargil in Ladakh.
Gadkari noted that tourism is the sector where 49 per cent of capital expenditure happens on the employment generation.
Asked whether the speed of construction work of the Z-Morh tunnel increased after Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh became Union territories, Gadkari said, “These issues are for you to evaluate (ye sab baaten apke adhyan aur chintan ke liye hai).”
The project cost of the Z-Morh tunnel is Rs 2,300 crore.
The 6.5-km-long Z-Morh tunnel project is under the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).
For the Z-Morh tunnel, there is a five-km approach road and the tunnel is 6.5-km long and is bi-directional. It also has an escape tunnel for emergencies.
Hindu students threatened by Terrorists after the medical college video goes viral
After a viral video showed some girl students raising pro-Pakistan slogans, a Hindu student identified as Ananya Jamwal, studying at Sher E Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Srinagar (SKIMS), was targeted by Islamists. They alleged that Jamwal was behind leaking the video of SKIMS students celebrating Pakistan’s win in the T20 World Cup match against India.
However, according to Jamwal, she wasn’t the one who shared the video. She only pointed out what was happening in the college and called out those who were supporting Pakistan. Reportedly, UAPA has been invoked against those who had raised pro-Pakistan slogans.
In a tweet, while urging everyone not to share fake information about her, Jamwal said she didn’t expose anyone and was countering those supporting the traitors.
“When the traitors who were celebrating Pakistan win got exposed. I countered those supporting traitors; after that, they all started harassing me by different means. I only countered them. I didn’t expose, anybody and I am not any police informer. They got exposed.” She added, “A humble request please not to share wrong information.” the tweet read
Umar Wani, the spokesperson of Jammu Kashmir United Liberation Front, an Islamist group, has written a letter saying that actions will be taken against people who have raised voices against people celebrating Pakistan’s victory over India.
Home Minister Amit Shah Pays Tribute to Pulwama Martyrs
Home Minister Amit Shah, who is on a visit to Jammu and Kashmir, today paid tributes to the forty CRPF jawans martyred in the Pulwama terror attack before leaving for Delhi. He said that the dedication and supreme sacrifice of the soldiers for the defence of the country further strengthens our resolve to eradicate terrorism. Appreciating the security forces who stood against terrorism, he said that today, all of us could sleep peacefully in our homes due to their change. Every citizen of the country is indebted to the soldiers.
Sharing his thoughts on his own Twitter handle, he wrote that today paid tribute to the brave soldiers of CRPF who were martyred in the cowardly terrorist attack of Pulwama by visiting the Pulwama Martyrs Memorial. Your dedication and supreme sacrifice for the defence of the country further strengthen our resolve to eradicate terrorism. Many salutes to the brave sacrifices.
पुलवामा के कायराना आतंकी हमले में शहीद हुए @crpfindia के बहादुर जवानों को आज पुलवामा शहीद स्मारक पर जाकर श्रद्धांजलि अर्पित की।
देश की रक्षा हेतु आपका समर्पण व सर्वोच्च बलिदान आतंकवाद के समूल नाश के हमारे संकल्प को और दृढ़ करता है। वीर बलिदानियों को कोटि-कोटि वंदन। pic.twitter.com/kyVa9JH6HP
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) October 26, 2021
After paying homage, the Home Minister also planted saplings near the memorial. Let us tell you that Home Minister Amit Shah was on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. His visit was to end on Monday evening. However, when he reached the CRPF camp in Pulwama before leaving for Delhi, he changed his mind to return and decided to stay among the soldiers for one night. He interacted with the soldiers, listened to their problems and had dinner with them as well.
During this, the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha was also with him. This morning he reached the martyrdom memorial located in the Lethpora area of Pulwama itself. This memorial has been built in the memory of the forty CRPF martyrs martyred in the Pulwama terror attack. The Home Minister paid tribute to him by paying floral tributes and said that his sacrifice will always remind us to eradicate terrorism. After paying homage, the Home Minister left for Srinagar. From there, he will return to Delhi.
Woman Among 5 Injured in Grenade Attack in Bandipora
On Tuesday, five people were injured in a mysterious explosion in the Sumbal area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
Officials told that the low-intensity explosion took place in Sumbal which left around five people injured.
They said the injured had been shifted to Community health centre (CHC) Sumbal for treatment, from where all were shifted to Srinagar hospital.
The officials said that the police had rushed to the spot to check the cause of explosion.
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