India’s largest Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower unveiled at Mumbai Airport

India’s largest 84-meter tall Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower of India was inaugurated outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai.  It is spread over an area of 2800 square meter area and is also equipped with state-of-the-art technology such as electronic flight strips that can reduce the workload of controllers and enhance safety and capacity of the airport.

The height of the ATC tower will facilitate all the controllers in having easy and non-stop view of complete operational area. It will also help in optimizing the separation of the air traffic, while boosting the traffic management capacity at the same time.

Note: India is the 9th largest aviation market of the world and has the traffic growth of 10% annually.

Union Cabinet gives nod to proposal for construct all-weather Zojila Tunnel Project

The Union Cabinet has given nod to the proposal for construction of a 14-km all-weather tunnel at Zojila pass in Ladakh region. The project would require Rs 9000 crore investment to ensure undisrupted round-the-year connectivity between Ladakh and Srinagar. The Zojila pass is located at an altitude of 11578 ft on the Srinagar-Kargil-Leh National Highway (NH-1), which remains closed during the winter season due to heavy snowfall and inclement weather.

Zojila tunnel along with another 6.5 km long tunnel at Z-Morh in Sonmarg will provide road connectivity to Ladak and Srinagar areas round the year. Building the tunnel would take 7 years, and the contract for collecting toll will be for 15 years.