Published: Sun, April 02, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

India's Longest Highway Tunnel Set to Open

India's Longest Highway Tunnel Set to Open

"The work on the ring roads will start in three months", Gadkari told the rally, held after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the state-of-art Chenani-Nashri tunnel - the longest in India.

The tunnel also has traffic control systems from both north and south ends and a transverse ventilation system to ensure supply of fresh air at all times.

"It will boost economic activities and tourism in Jammu and Kashmir", the statement said.

"This tunnel is not just the longest tunnel but a big leap for Jammu and Kashmir in terms of development", said Modi addressing a crowd of thousands.

Modi also thanked the state Chief Minister saying, "I want to especially thank Mehbooba Mufti". A part of the 286-km-long four-lane project of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the Chenani-Nashri highway tunnel will reduce the travel time between Srinagar and Jammu by over two hours bringing down the distance by over 30 km.

"The tunnel not only reduces distance between Kashmir and Jammu, it is a long jump for the development of Jammu and Kashmir", the Prime Minister said.

Along with the main tunnel, there is a parallel escape tunnel for emergencies. Three helipads have been sanitised and checked by security teams headed by the Special Protection Group, or SPG. "We are providing the muscles and lungs for this critical new tunnel", CEO and Managing Director, ABB India, Sanjeev Sharma said. In line with the Skill India initiative of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the skill sets of local people were developed and improved, and they were engaged for construction of this tunnel.

Referring to the unrest, she said, "I thank you for the way you helped me and my government past year, the way you stood by me, the way you kept honourable Home Minister on his toes and helped us emerge from that situation".

To prevent diminution of vision as a result of change in the light while going in or coming out of the tunnel, the lighting inside has been adjusted at a gradient of luminous strength. "Over 2,500 youth from Kashmir continued breaking stones and constructing this tunnel day and night for 1,000 days and creating countless job opportunities beyond everybody 's imagination", he said.

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