The world’s longest high-altitude tunnel on Manali-Leh nationwide freeway is totally ready to open in Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul-Spiti district, a senior Border Road Organisation (BRO) official mentioned on Sunday. The 9-km Atal tunnel constructed at an altitude of about 10,000 toes above sea degree in Lahaul Spiti’s Rohtang is probably going to be formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in coming weeks, mentioned BRO Chief Engineer, Brigadier Ok P Purshothaman.
‘We are ready for its opening anytime after September 25. PM might open it within the final week of this month or first week of the subsequent month,” Brig Ok P Purshothaman instructed PTI.
No official affirmation has been obtained thus far, we might get it inside a few days, he mentioned, including additionally it is not but clear if it could be a digital opening due to the corona disaster or a bodily one.
The Atal Tunnel constructed at a value of about Rs 3,500 crore is extraordinarily important from the defence standpoint.
This won’t solely shorten the gap between Manali and Leh by 46 km however may also be helpful for the residents of Lahaul-Spiti particularly through the winter, a state official spokesperson mentioned.
Once thrown open, the tunnel will present all-weather connectivity to distant border areas of Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul-Spiti and Leh-Ladakh which in any other case stay cut-off from the remainder of the nation for about six months due to heavy snowfall throughout winters, he added.
The BRO labored relentlessly to overcome main geological, terrain and climate challenges that included essentially the most tough stretch of the 587-metre Seri Nalah Fault zone. The breakthrough from each ends was achieved on October 15, 2017.
Brig Purshothaman mentioned the tunnel gives a phone facility at each 150 metre of its stretch, a fireplace hydrant each 60 metre, emergency exits each 500 metre, turning cavern each 2.2 km, air high quality screens each one km, broadcasting system and automated incident detection system with CCTV cameras each 250 metre.
It is a 10.5-metre huge single tube bi-lane tunnel with a fireplace proof emergency egress tunnel constructed into the primary tunnel itself.
The historic choice to assemble the strategic tunnel under the Rohtang move was taken on June 3, 2000 when late Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister. The basis stone for the entry street to the south portal of the tunnel was laid on May 26, 2002.
The Union authorities on December 25 final yr named the strategic tunnel beneath the Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in a tribute to him on his 95th start anniversary.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur visited Rohtang on August 29 to evaluation the progress on the Atal Tunnel.