Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday pinned hope that the Hurriyat leaders will support the construction of Chenani-Nashri tunnel, adding that it will work as a growth engine for the state's development. Hurriyat leaders in Jammu and Kashmir have called for strike against the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 2, who will inaugurate India's longest highway tunnel. The tunnel on NH-44 which connects Jammu with Srinagar, will reduce travel time between the two cities by up to two hours. It achieves a distance-reduction of 31 kilometres, bypassing snow-bound upper reaches. The estimated daily fuel savings are to the tune of Rs. 27 lakhs.