PM to Open India's Longest Road Tunnel in Jammu & Kashmir

03 April, 2017, 00:27 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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"I want to tell the youth of the valley, you have two paths which can decide your fate - On one hand you have tourism and then there is terrorism". Addressing youth of valley, he said "choose between tourism and terrorism". He informed that during the year 2016-17, Rs 1019 crore have been sanctioned for 72 projects in Jammu & Kashmir.

The message was clearly for the youth who are indulge in stone-pelting in the Kashmir valley and thus risk their lives.

Modi said on Sunday the government and people of the state would show "those people in the other side of Kashmir" - those living in the Pakistan-administered side - how they are being left behind in growth and development.

After the inauguration, Mr. Modi, along with Mr. Vohra and Ms. Mehbooba, travelled in an open jeep through the tunnel for some distance. "India can deceive the world but people in Kashmir have written their destiny of freedom from India by their blood", LeT spokesman Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi said in an e-mailed statement.

The attack on police in Nawuet came hours after Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's hard talk on the Kashmir dispute. "The tunnel will not just reduce the physical distance but bring Kashmir closer to the country".

The tunnel will also provide better connectivity to people in Kishtwar, Doda and Bhaderwah in the Jammu region, thus giving a push to the transport activities. There is a lot of improvement since then but a lot is still to be done. We have won all wars but our real strength is democracy. "But her government has done a commendable job", he said.


The tunnel, that connects Udhampur and Ramban districts of Jammu and Kashmir, bypasses a risky hilly terrain of over 30 km of the strategic Jammu-Srinagar National Highway - the only surface link that connects the Kashmir Valley with the rest of India.

Aashutosh Chandwad, regional head of IL & FS, the company that constructed the tunnel, says this tunnel will save Rs 27 lakh of fuel every day.

'The tunnel between Udhampur and Ramban districts will not only help Jammu but Kashmir as well, in promoting tourism, ' Modi said.

The key features of the tunnel are that it is a single-tube bi-directional tunnel, with a 9.35-meter carriageway, and a vertical clearance of 5 meters.

Escape Tunnels = This Chenani Nashri tunnel also has escape tunnels that connect the main tunnel from outside.

The tunnel also has traffic control systems from both north and south ends and a transverse ventilation system to ensure supply of fresh air at all times.

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