JAMMU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil India’s longest road tunnel constructed on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in April. The distance between Jammu and Srinagar will get short by nearly 30 km.
“The Prime Minister will inaugurate the Chenani-Nashri tunnel on JK highway on April 2,” Union Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Jitendra Singh asserted.
After the inauguration, PM Modi will also address a public rally today in Kashmir.
The construction work on 9.2 km-long twin-tube tunnel started on May 23, 2011 in lower Himalayan mountain range. The reports revealed that nearly Rs. 3,720 crore has been spent on this project.
The 9.2 km-long tunnels which is situated at a height of 1200 meters, will be the first in India to be created with world class incorporated tunnel control system.
The tunnel will help in eliminating the travel time between Jammu and Srinagar by nearly 2 hours.
The reports revealed that the road distance from Chenani and Nashri has become 10.9 km instead of 41 km.
Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) Company is ready to give up this tunnel project to National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) soon.
“The formal trial run was effectively finished for crest, off pinnacle hours between March 9 and March 15,” Project Director, IL&FS, JS Rathore said.
The price for one side toll for buses and trucks has become Rs. 190 and Rs. 285 for two-side toll.