The first phase of blasting of Zojila tunnel was carried out on both sides of the Srinagar-Leh highway from Kargil and Ganderbal on Thursday.
Union Minister for Roads Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari virtually initiated the first blast on the Zojila tunnel project on NH- 1.
This marked the commencement of work on Asia's longest Zojila tunnel being built up on the strategic Srinagar-Leh highway.
The 14.5 km long Zojila tunnel construction will provide all weather connectivity to cold desert Ladakh.
MoS in PMO's office, Dr Jitender Singh, MoS MORTH Gen. V K Singh, Lieutenant Governor JK Manoj Sinha, Lieutenant Governor Ladakh R K Mathur attended the ceremony virtually through video conferencing.