As Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday launched the construction work on the Zojila tunnel, the Kargil administration has said that besides providing all-year connectivity to the Ladakh region, the 14.15-km tunnel will work to the advantage of the Indian Army.
It may be stated here that China has been into a protracted stand-off with the India Army in eastern Ladakh. On June 15, India lost 20 soldiers in a bloody clash at the Galwan valley.
Kargil district commissioner (DC) Baseer-ul-Haq Choudhary said the tunnel will add more teeth to the army’s defence operations in the strategic region.
“It was a long pending demand of the people of Ladakh. It will be a strategic tunnel that will keep the region connected with the rest of India all year, not just physically, but emotionally too,” the DC said.
The district head said that with this many employment opportunities will open up for the people of Ladakh and supply of essential commodities to the region will also be maintained round the clock.