Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the 9.02km lengthy Atal Tunnel connecting Manali to the Lahaul-Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh. The tunnel will stay open all year long versus the valley being minimize off for about six months yearly amid heavy snowfall.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by defence minister Rajnath Singh, chief of defence employees Bipin Rawat chief minister Jairam Thakur, MoS Anurag Singh Thakur and the DG BRO Lt Gen Harpal Singh on the inauguration ceremony.
Atal Tunnel, named after former prime minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee, reduces the highway distance by 46km between Manali and Leh and the journey time by about 4 to 5 hours. The tunnel has been constructed with ultra-modern specs within the Pir Panjal Vary of the Himalayas at an altitude of three,000 metres from the imply sea degree.
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The only tube double lane tunnel with a roadway of eight metres and an overhead clearance of 5.525 metres is horse-shoe formed and has been designed for a site visitors density of three,000 vehicles per day and 1,500 vehicles per day with a most velocity of 80 km/hr, in response to a press release by the Prime Minister’s Workplace.
Jairam Thakur mentioned on Friday that round 200 folks had been anticipated to attend the occasion in Manali. The PMO mentioned Modi will take part in public capabilities at Sissu in Lahaul Spiti and at Solang Valley after attending the inauguration operate at South Portal, Manali.
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Rajnath Singh had on Friday inspected the Atal Tunnel together with chief minister Thakur and Union minister of state for finance and company affairs Anurag Thakur.