HC Notice To Centre, J&K On Zojila Tunnel Construction  


SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to Union of India, State Government and Managing Director National Highway Development Corporation Limited on a petition, seeking among others directions to the government to complete the Zojila Tunnel construction on priority and clear all documentary woks before April.

A bench of Justices Ali Mohammad Magrey and Sanjeev Kumar  has sought the response by April 10 after hearing petitioner—Mohammad Islmail.  

The petitioner has also sought directions to distribute Zojila tunnel project in favour o more than two companies to complete the work as fast by working on both side of the tunnel—one from Sonamarg and other from Drass Ladakh—for immediate completion of the project.

The petitioner has also sought directions to submit monthly status of the works till the completion of the tunnel.   

The petitioner said the work on the tunnel has been closed “because company came in the list of bank default on a number of loan repayments.’

He said the authorities are taking step to resolve the issue so as to see the tunnel was completedat the earliest.

Recently, he said, Minister of Road Transport and Highway said that the government may rebid the works. “This is again going to be wastage of time arid process to delay the procedure.”

 The Minister earlier stated that the government will come for recue and in no case the work would be deferred and stop.

“This tunnel is a unique one because it has remained in news right from 1960s and there has been no progress. How much more time will it take to come up from the dreams to reality, seems impossible.” The petitioner said that he made a representation but no heed was paid. “The project was again terminated on 18-01-2019 and the assurance of facilitate was just a word to satisfy the masses of this region. “


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