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Banihal-Qazigund Tunnel Alongside J&Ok Freeway is expected to be completed by March 2021

The Banihal-Qazigund tunnel beside the 270-km Jammu-Srinagar nationwide freeway in Banihal which is a double tube 8.5-km-long tunnel, is going to be filled and exposed for site visitors in March 2021.

The Navyuga engineering firm, started their activity on Rs 2100-crore in June 2011 and on completion would reduce the street distance between Banihal in Jammu province and Qazigund in south Kashmir by 16 km, from the current 35 km, and can cross Jawahar Tunnel and Shaitan Nalla, which is susceptible to high snowfall and slippery circumstances throughout winters.

“The work inside and out of doors is within the ultimate stage and we’re hopeful to throw it open for site visitors within the final week of March,” Chief Supervisor, Navayuga Engineering Firm, Muneeb Tak addressed PTI.

One of the all-climate streets connecting Kashmir with the rest of the nation, is the dominant street tunnel under the Banihal cross (Jawahar tunnel – the gateway to Kashmir) which has been a bottleneck on the almost 265-km freeway. This results from its elevation of two 194 m (7,198 ft) and restricted site visitors’ capability.

Compared to the present Jawahar tunnel’s elevation, the elevation of the brand-new tunnel has a 400m reduction. This can realize the dream of expressway between Srinagar and Banihal due to new tunnel’s less sensitivity to avalanches.

According to Mr. Tak’s statement, this tunnel is a masterpiece of engineering which the Austrian tunneling methodology (ATM) has been used for its construction.

“The tunnel has been constructed on the Construct Function and Switch Base System with a state-of-the-art exhaust system to take away fuel and herald contemporary air.”

He indicated that in each tubes of the tunnel, 126 jet followers, 234 CCTV trendy cameras and a firefighting system, are located for which the work is underway.

“A hall between two tubes after each 500 meters contained in the tunnel has been constructed and this can be utilized in case of any emergency in both tubes,” mentioned Mr. Tak.

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