October four, 2020 2:30:13 am
Mendacity between 10,040 to 10,075 toes above the ocean stage, the Atal Tunnel at Rohtang — which bypasses the Rohtang Cross on the Manali-Leh route — is the longest tunnel above an altitude of 10,000 toes, in response to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).
The tunnel doesn’t lie straight beneath the Rohtang Cross (round 13,000 toes excessive), however three hills west of the cross. On the Manali facet, it begins from Dhundhi in Solang valley, which lies round 11 km west of the Manali-Leh freeway. It cuts by way of the lofty Pir Panjal vary to emerge beside the Chandra river close to Sissu in Lahaul on the northern facet, the place a bridge connects it to the Manali-Leh freeway.
The tunnel cuts brief the space between Manali and Leh by round 46 km, and saves a number of hours of journey time. Double-laned and horse-shoe formed, the tunnel was initially designed to be Eight.Eight-km-long however was measured at 9.02-km-long upon completion.
Constructed at a value of round Rs three,200 crore, the tunnel was made by blasting fairly than drilling.
With a smaller escape tunnel constructed beneath, it has a phone facility after each 150 metres, hearth hydrant after each 60 metres, emergency exit after each 500 metres, turning cavern after each 2.2 km, air high quality monitoring after each kilometre, a broadcasting system and an computerized incident detection system with CCTV cameras after each 250 metres.
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