Engineering services for construction, operation and maintenance of Z-Morh Tunnel in India

Eptisa provides engineering services in this new tunnel that will connect Srinagar and Leh, an area that remains cut off for six to seven months of the year during winter due to heavy snowfall

June 23 2015

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways of India has awarded Eptisa a project to carry out independent engineering services for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Z-Morh tunnel in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Z-Morh tunnel , located 2637 meters above sea level, is a two-lane tunnel with parallel 6.5 km long escape tunnel on a new alignment between Gagangir and Sonamarg under Srinagar-Leh section of NH-1 that will provide all weather connectivity between Srinagar and Leh.

At present, Ladakh remains cut off for six to seven months of the year during winter due to heavy snowfall on the Jammu-Srinagar-Zozila-Kargil-Leh and the Manali-Sarchu-Leh routes that connect Leh to the rest of the country. It can only be reached by air during the winter months. The weather is extremely chilly during the winter months and characterized by snowfall and avalanches. The stretch between Srinagar and Leh is not only important for the strategic interests of the Indian Army, but also for the socio-economic well-being of the people of Ladakh and holistic development of the state.

Eptisa will review drawings and documents along with detailed design, construction methodology, quality assurance procedures and procurement, engineering and construction time schedule, inspect and monitor the construction works. It will also conduct tests on completion of construction and issue completion certificates. Finally, during the operation phase, it will monitor the operation and maintenance.


 
 Engineering services for construction, operation and maintenance of Z-Morh Tunnel in India