Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, October 3, inaugurated the 9.02km Atal tunnel in Himachal Pradesh. The tunnel will present all-weather entry to the Lahaul-Spiti valley, in addition to cut back the gap and journey time.
- 9.02km long tunnel reduces journey time to Leh from Manali by as much as 5 hours
- Allows entry all year long to the Lahaul-Spiti valley
- Longest of its kind constructed at an altitude of over 10,000 toes
- Named after former PM, the late Atal Bihar Vajpayee
About the Atal tunnel
Feasibility of the Atal tunnel was initially achieved in 1990 with the choice for the development undertaken in 2000 by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The basis stone was laid in 2002.
In 2019, the Union Cabinet renamed the tunnel because the Atal tunnel within the reminiscence of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The 9.2km-long single-tube tunnel, the longest of its kind constructed at an elevation of 10,000ft, will cut back journey time between Manali and Leh, together with permitting all-weather entry to the Lahaul-Spiti valley. The tunnel is alleged to cut back journey time between Leh and Manali by as a lot as 5 hours and knocks off about 46km from the journey. Previously, highway journeys from Manali to the Lahaul-Spiti valley had been made through the Rohtang move, which stays shut for about 6 months in a yr because of heavy snowfall.
The South entrance of the tunnel is situated about 25km from Manali, with the north entrance opening close to the village of Teling within the Lahaul Valley.
The tunnel is alleged to have a capability to deal with 3,000 automobiles and 1,500 vans per day.
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