Manali: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday visited the strategic Atal Tunnel, earlier referred to as Rohtang tunnel, constructed at an altitude above 10,000 ft with an outlay of Rs 3,500 crore. He stated it might be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi subsequent month.
The Chief Minister reviewed the progress work of the tunnel with officers of the Border Highway Organisation (BRO), an official assertion stated.
He directed the BRO officers to expeditiously give remaining contact to the tunnel, in order that it could possibly be made prepared for inauguration by Prime Minister Modi by the top of September.
The tunnel is extraordinarily vital from the navy logistics perspective, he added.
Thakur stated the Prime Minister has proven eager curiosity in early completion of this mega mission, which might not solely be necessary from the strategic perspective, however would additionally give increase to tourism actions in Lahaul-Spiti district moreover creating employment and self-employment avenues within the space.
He stated that by chopping by way of the Pir Panjal vary, the tunnel has decreased the space between Manali and Leh by 46 km.
He stated the Atal Tunnel could be a boon to the residents of Lahaul who stay reduce off from the remainder of the nation for practically six months in winters as a consequence of heavy snowfall.
The formidable Atal Tunnel would supply all-weather connectivity to Leh and the ahead areas of Ladakh.
The Chief Minister stated that for all-weather connectivity as much as Leh-Ladakh, further tunnels must be constructed on the 475 km Manali-Leh route in order that the excessive passes don’t impede motion as a consequence of heavy snowfall.
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A 13.2 km lengthy tunnel must be constructed to barter the 16,040-feet excessive Baralacha Cross and one other 14.78 km-long tunnel could be required on the Lachung La Cross at 16,800 ft and the third 7.32-km lengthy tunnel could be required at Tanglang La Cross at 17,480 ft.
The Chief Minister stated that snow galleries have additionally been constructed on the strategy highway to the Atal Tunnel from the Manali aspect, and this might guarantee all-weather connectivity.
He stated that bridges on the strategy highway to the tunnel from the north portal (on Lahaul aspect) and the south portal have additionally been accomplished.
Thakur stated the tunnel has a number of user-friendly options which embrace an emergency escape tunnel that has been constructed beneath the primary tunnel. This would supply an emergency exit in case of any untoward incident, which can render the primary tunnel unusable.
Whereas the tunnel was initially designed as 8.Eight km lengthy, contemporary GPS readings taken by the BRO after the work on it was accomplished confirmed that it’s 9 km in size.
It could be the world’s longest tunnel at an altitude of 10,000 ft.
Chief Engineer of BRO, Brig Ok.P. Purshothaman, assured the Chief Minister that the mission could be accomplished inside the stipulated time interval.
He stated the tunnel additionally supplies phone facility at each 150 metres, fireplace hydrant at each 60 metres, emergency exit at each 500 metres, turning cavern at each 2.2 km, air high quality monitoring at each 1 km, and broadcasting system and automated incident detection system with CCTV cameras at each 250 metres.