LafargeHolcim’s cement helps the Qazigund-Banihal Tunnel cut travel time across the Himalayas

1 January 2011

The Qazigund-Banihal Tunnel will be the first four-lane highway tunnel to connect Jammu and Kashmir, reducing travel distance by 70 km and travel time by over three hours. Further, the tunnel will ensure uninterrupted road connectivity to Kashmir during snowfall. It’s a landmark project for the mountainous region and LafargeHolcim is proud to supply the cement needed for its completion.


Scheduled for completion in 2016, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) began building the Banihal Tunnel in 2011 with an investment of $350 million USD. The twin tunnel has two capsules each of 8.5 km length with a diameter of 9 meters and requirement of more than 300,000 tons of cement.

LafargeHolcim’s local affiliate ACC supplied average 1,500 tons of cement per month (till date about 52,000 tons of cement supplied already to the project), adapted to the concrete specifications of the project (M15-M40, shotcrete). This included OPC 53 Grade from Gagal cement Works for Tunnel Projects only.

LafargeHolcim adding value at every step

Our team of LafargeHolcim technical experts worked closely with the project contractor Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd. to develop the most appropriate mixes, taking about 6 months to ensure the proper selection was finally made. We maintained close contact with the contractor throughout the project, building a trusted key account relationship that is being used on other projects.

The mountainous terrain also proved to be a major challenge to overcome. Ensuring secure and on-time delivery required stringent planning with cement transported by road 95 km from the Gagal Cement Works down the hill, before being sent by rail 450 km to Jammu and, finally, a further 200 km by road to the project site!  

Once completed, the Qazigund-Banihal Tunnel will allow area residents to save time, fuel and the environment thanks to the work of LafargeHolcim and its partners. 

Feedback from our client

ACC supplied cement in a difficult terrain and despite all these odds, was able to supply us on time with a good quality material. We appreciate this support from ACC team, which was also risky as the roads are narrow and steep.

J. Anantharaman, General Manager (Materials) at Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd.