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Prime Minister inaugurates Asia’s longest two way motorable tunnel on Jammu -Srinagar Highway. Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicates to the nation the country’s longest road tunnel between Kashmir Valley and Jammu today.
The tunnel will reduce the travel time between Jammu and Srinagar by around a couple of hours.
The 9.2 km tunnel, will bypass snow-and landslide -prone Kud, Patnitop and Batote on Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
The state-of-the-art tunnel will reduce the distance between the two capitals of Jammu and Kashmir by 30 kms.
Security has been beefed up in the state ahead of the PM’s visit.
The Prime Minister took a tour of the 9 km-long tunnel to review the security features of this engineering marvel. The tunnel will be open to public for use from Monday morning.
Addressing a public meeting after dedicating India’s longest road tunnel that links Kashmir Valley with Jammu, Mr. Modi reminded the stone-pelters of the valley that stones can be used for better purposes — building infrastructure.
In a hard-hitting comment, the Prime Minister also hit out at Pakistan eying Kashmir, saying, they can’t even take care of themselves. He said his government is committed to ensure fast-paced development of Jammu and Kashmir, which would show the people living under occupation in the other parts of the state how they are being destroyed.
Earlier Prime Minister Modi dedicated to the nation the Chenani-Nashri Tunnel. The all-weather route reduces the distance between Jammu and Kashmir by 31 kilometers. Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti were also present on the occasion.
After the inauguration, Modi, along with Vohra and Mehbooba, travelled in an open jeep through the tunnel for some distance.
The 9-km long Chenani-Nashri Tunnel was built at the cost of 2,500 crore rupees. It bypasses the snow-bound upper reaches of Patnitop and reduce the journey time by two hours.
The tunnel is equipped with world-class security systems and smart features like Integrated Traffic Control System; Surveillance, Ventilation and Broadcast Systems; Fire Fighting System; and SOS call-boxes at every 150 metres.
There is also a parallel escape tunnel, with ‘Cross Passages’ connecting to the main tunnel at intervals of 300