India’s longest road tunnel and Asia’s longest bi-directional tunnel, connecting Chenani and Nashri in Jammu and Kashmir, will be open to traffic from April 2. This engineering marvel, which is being called the “Tunnel of Hope” in Kashmir will be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi.

Apart from the 8.5 km long Banihal-Qazigund tunnel, which will become operational from 2018 will further ease the traffic of the Jawahar Tunnel, the 10.89 km Chenani-Nashri tunnels is the second part of the ambitious plan of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to redevelop the existing two-lane Jammu-Srinagar highway and construct a state-of-art four-lane highway between the summer and winter capitals of Jammu and Kashmir.

Here’s all you need to know about the “Tunnel of Hope:”

  • The tunnel also boasts of a diligent video surveillance, power supply, SOS call box, firefighting and incident detection
  • The reduction in traffic on the bypassed 41 kms will help in preserving the ecology of this sensitive region as a large-scale deforestation will be avoided.
  • The Chenani-Nashri Tunnel will help avoid a few stretches on the National Highway 44 that are prone to avalanches and landslides.
  • Build in a record time of four years, this tunnel will bypass Patnitop, Kud and Batote.
  • Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had laid the foundation stone for this tunnel. Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways (RTH) Nitin Gadkari triggered the last blast in the tunnel on July 13, 2015.

Here is what Nitin Gadkari said about the India’s first and Asia’s longest bi-directional tunnel in Jammu & Kashmir:

 

Source: ibtimes

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