PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Atal Tunnel in Rohtang

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Atal Tunnel in Rohtang

PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the Atal Tunnel at Rohtang in Himachal Pradesh around 10 AM on Saturday. It is now becoming the world’s longest tunnel in the world. It will increase the strategic role for India and also give a boost to India’s border infrastructure in Himachal Pradesh. The 9.02 KM tunnel reduces the distance between Manali to Leh which is 46 KM and it will also reduce 4-5 hours time. During the winters, when the entire area covered with ice and roads is unable to use then people of Rohtang can use them. In this inauguration ceremony, PM Modi was companion with Army General MM Naravane, CDS Bipin Rawat, and Rajnath Singh.

PM Narendra Modi said that, “Atal tunnel will give new boost to India’s border infrastructure. It is an example of world-class border compatibility. There have been demands to improve border infrastructure but for a long time, such projects either couldn’t get out of the planning stage or got stuck midway. Connectivity has a direct connection with development. Connectivity in border areas is directly related to security issues.” Rajnath Singh also said that,” Border Road Organization officers, workers and agencies worked round the clock and took great risks to complete this project. We have seen that over the years the project costs increase but Border Road Organization complete the project within the decided budget”

Before 2019, the tunnel was named Rohtang Tunnel but in 2000 Atal Bihari Vajpayee was taken the decision to construct this tunnel and later on Vajpayee’s 95th birth anniversary , the govt decided to name the Rohtang tunnel as Atal Tunnel.

Some Interesting facts about Atal Tunnel

1) It is the longest tunnel in the world with ultra-modern specifications in the pir panjal range of the Himalayas at an altitude of 10,000 feet. The 9.02 KM tunnel covers the distance between Manali to Leh which was about 46KM. It will also reduce the time to 4-5 hours.
2) Atal Tunnel has many safety features like fire hydrant mechanisms every 60 meters, emergency communication every 150 meters, Accident or Incident detection system with high quality CCTV cameras every 250 meters and air quality monitoring every 1000 meters with evacuation lighting and exit signs.
3) The Tunnel has a capable of the traffic density of 3,000 cars and 1,500 trucks per day with the max speed of 80KM/Hour. It has a state-of-the-art electromechanical system including SCADA controlled firefighting by the semi transverse ventilation system, and also have illumination and monitoring system.
4) The Atal Tunnel is a horse-shoe shaped single-tube double lane tunnel with a roadway of 8 meters, and has an overhead clearance of 5.525 meters. The tunnel is 10.5 -meters wide and has a 3.6 x 2.25 meters fire proof emergency egress tunnel built into the main tunnel itself.