Everyday we are being told that Mughal Road is under construction and will be completed soon, and will be trafficable throughout the year. The old tunnel on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was at 8,989 ft. above main sea level and would remain open only for a few months in a year and totally blocked during the winter season. The new tunnel has been constructed at 7,250 ft above sea level. Due to heavy snowfall the road gets blocked for days together. I wonder how it is possible for the authorities to keep the Mughal Road open throughout the year when it will pass at about 12000 ft above mean sea level without tunnel at a lower level, as the present tunnel on the National Highway gets blocked due to snow-fall. The construction of the tunnel should have been undertaken side by side with the construction of the road to make sure that the road remains open throughout the year. Otherwise the expenditure incurred on the construction of the road above feasible tunnel site will be useless.
Sheikh Abdul Salam
Development Commissioner Works (Retired)