One of the Longest Highway Tunnels in India
Quazigund to Banihal Highway project is one of the most critical projects for India as it ensures all-weather connectivity to north Kashmir through Pir Panjal Pass, a road prone to closure due to severe weather conditions. The tunnel will also shorten the distance between Srinagar and Jammu considerably.
NEC was entrusted with the challenge of building one of India’s longest road tunnel that includes a 2-lane twin tunnel of 8.45 km each and 10 m in dia. This unique twin tunnel construction is strategic in a way that when an emergency arises, the military services can commandeer one tunnel, while civilians can use the other.
With an average low temperature of 100 celsius, the site is covered with snow for most of the year. Surpassing all the challenges thrown by the nature, NEC is progressing at a record pace by reaching an excavation advance rate of 10 m per day - one of the highest excavation rates in the unforgiving Himalayan conditions.