NEW DELHI: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi inaugurated the world’s longest highway tunnel “Atal Tunnel” at Rohtang in Himachal Pradesh at 10 am on Saturday, October 3.
This Tunnel is constructed to ease the transpiration woes of travelers and for the ease of living for local citizens. This tunnel passes through Rohtang pass connecting Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley which is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayas in Himachal pradesh.
Meanwhile, the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government had taken the decision for constructing the tunnel below the Rohtang Pass on June 3, 2000, and even laid the foundation stone on May 26, 2002. But they couldn’t complete it now the Modi government had completed its construction and decided to name the Rohtang Tunnel as Atal Tunnel in December 2019 to honour the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Specialties of Atal Tunnel:
This Tunnel is the world’s longest highway tunnel with 9.02 km length.
Atal Tunel is an iconic project which is built at a height of 10,000 feet.
This Tunnel solves the connectivity problems in the Rohtang region.
There is a telephone facility for every 150 metres in the Tunnel
Atal Tunnel will connect Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley throughout the year, but earlier this valley was cut off for about six months every year due to heavy snowfall.
This Tunnel is built with ultra-modern specifications in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas at a high altitude of 3000 metres which is 10,000 feet from the Mean Sea Level.
Atal Tunnel is designed to withhold the traffic density of 3000 cars per day and 1,500 trucks per day with a max speed of 80 kmph.