PM Modi inaugurates Chenani-Nashri tunnel on Jammu-Srinagar highway

Why Asia's longest bi-direction road tunnel will prove a lifeline for Jammu and Kashmir

Ahead of the inauguration of Chenani-Nashri tunnel by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, the security forces in the Jammu and Kashmir has been put on high alert. The tunnel is expected to save fuel worth almost Rs 99 crore a year.

By bringing down the travel time between Jammu and Srinagar, the government hopes to save fuel worth Rs 27 lakh a day. The 10.89 kilometre Chenani-Nashri road tunnel is not only India's but is also the longest highway tunnel in Asia. "But there is also the scent of sweat of Jammu and Kashmir's youth in this tunnel", PM Modi said.

As many as 1,500 engineers, geologists, skilled workers and labourers worked to construct this tunnel, which has cost Rs 3,720 crore.

It's an unbelievable video film showing all the aspects of the India's longest road tunnel i.e. Chenani-Nashri tunnel project.

The tunnel, which took over five years to build, will also bypass some 44 avalanche - and landslide -prone spots on the almost 300-km-long highway, which shuts when it rains heavily and snows in Kashmir.

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In a hard-hitting comment, the Prime Minister also hit out at Pakistan eying Kashmir, saying, they can't even take care of themselves. The Prime Minister thanked the Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari and his team for the tunnel and appreciated the youth for contributing their labour for the development of the state.

The key features of the tunnel are that it is a single-tube bi-directional tunnel, with a 9.35-metre carriageway, and a vertical clearance of 5 metres. "It will also help boost tourism", the PMO said.

As Modi arrived at Udhampur airport, he was received by governor N N Vohra and chief minister Mehbooba Mufti besides various other ministers and top officials of state. He while speaking at a public rally after dedicating the 9.2-km tunnel to the nation, where he pledged the entire country was with J&K if tourism is the focus.

Fitted with intelligent traffic mechanism, the tunnel has fully automatic smart control and no human intervention will be required for its operations.

"The Chenani-Nashri project has set a benchmark for all other construction firms in India". The tunnel features transverse ventilation system, which supplies fresh air throughout the tunnel at all times. He added: "Every Indian has a dream to visit Kashmir once as a tourist, this will boost tourism, the more the tourism the better will be the economy and the people of the Valley will benefit from it".

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