Engineering Marvel In J&K: Asia’s Longest Bi-direction Road Tunnel To Be Opened By PM Modi
New Delhi: On April 2nd, India will witness the inauguration of the longest bi-direction road tunnel at Chenani Nashri in J&K by PM Narendra Modi. This tunnel which is on Jammu-Srinagar high way, will cut down the distance between these two by at least two hours and the distance by 41km.
A 10.89 km tunnel with estimated cost of ₹ 2,519 crore was completed in record time of four years with latest developed fully transverse ventilation system, communication, power, SOS call box, fire fighting incident detection etc.
As per Minister Nitin Gadkari, it’s an engineering marvel on the most difficult terrain of Himalayas built between Udampur and Ramban in Jammu and Kasmir which is located at an elevation of 1200 meters.
To ward off any security threat, tunnel is equipped with advanced scanners. There is no human intervention required for its operations as it is fitted with well advanced automatic smart control. Tunnel is constructed by Infrastructure Leasing and Financial services (IL & FS). Tunnel will be handed over to National Authorities after the formal inauguration by Prime Minister on April 2nd.
A parallel 9 km long escape tunnel which starts from Jammu is fitted with world class equipment to detect fire accidents. 124 CCTV cameras are fitted; maximum speed for vehicles inside tunnel is restricted to 50 kms per hour with head lights on low beam.