PM Modi likely to visit Jammu and Kashmir next month


Srinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Jammu and Kashmir next month to lay the foundation stone for all-weather road connectivity to Ladakh region of the state.

Sources said, he would be laying the foundation stone of all-weather Zojila tunnel on Srinagar-Leh highway.

The Zojila tunnel, which would provide all-weather road connectivity to Ladakh region that remains disconnected for nearly six months during winter months,  would be a two-lane bi-directional tunnel of 14.15 km length. Zojila Pass is situated at an altitude of 11,578 ft on Srinagar-Kargil-Leh Highway.

Reportedly, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had in January this year cleared Rs 6,808.69 crores Zojila tunnel project to provide all-weather connectivity to Kargil and Leh in Ladakh. PM would also attend the convocation of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKAUST) in Valley.

Source said, PM may also lay the foundation of some projects to be taken under Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP). It is unlikely that PM would address any political rally in the State during his visit.

The visit would be Modi’s second visit to Jammu and Kashmir in over a year. On April 2, 2017, he had inaugurated Chenani-Nashri tunnel in Udhampur and later addressed a public rally in Udhampur.

The visit assumes significance as it would take place amid surge in militant violence and militant recruitment in Kashmir. Fourteen militants, seven civilians and three army men have been killed in militancy violence in the Valley this week.

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