Longest Underground highway 'Atal Tunnel'; Why is it India's Proud?
The project was announced on June 3, 2000 by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vaipayee. At the same time, responsibility for its construction was entrusted to the Border Roads Organization (BRO).
New Delhi: The world's longest road tunnel connecting Manali to Leh in Himachal Pradesh has been completed. The name of this underground highway is 'Atal Tunnel'. This tunnel is strategically important. About three and a half to four thousand crore rupees have been spent in the construction of these tunnels.
Tunnel is situated at height of 10,000 feet:
It has taken nearly ten years to build this tunnel located at 10 thousand feet. Indian soldiers deployed in Ladakh will get the most benefit from its formation. Because of this, arms and logistics will be easily supplied even in winter.
All weather connectivity:
The Atal tunnel will be a boon for the residents of Lahaur, which remains cut off from the rest of the country for about six months due to heavy snowfall. This ambitious Atal tunnel will provide all-weather connectivity to the areas ahead of Leh and Ladakh. This Atal Tunnel is the longest highway tunnel in the world.
It has CCTV cameras installed every 60 meters. In addition, emergency exit has also been made at a distance of 500 meters inside this tunnel.
Dream project of Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee:
The project was announced on June 3, 2000 by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vaipayee. At the same time, responsibility for its construction was entrusted to the Border Roads Organization (BRO). The engineers and staff of BRO had to face a lot of difficulty in making it. Because it used to be very difficult to work here in winter. Explain that 8 lakh cubic meters of stone and soil were extracted to make this tunnel.
Save your time from Manali to Leh:
At the same time, many things have been taken care of while constructing this tunnel. CCTVs have been installed here, as well as fighter hydrants have been installed to avoid any bad event. Its width is 10.5 meters. It also has one-meter footpaths built on both sides. This tunnel will save a lot of time from Manali to Leh. Through this, the distance between Manali and Leh has been reduced by 46 kilometers. Through this tunnel, jams on the mountains can be avoided.
Atal tunnel is about 8.8 kilometers long:
The cost of the Atal Tunnel Project increased from Rs 1,700 in 2010 to Rs 3,200 crore by September 2020. This tunnel is about 8.8 kilometers long and is ten meters wide. 5000 vehicles can pass through this tunnel at a speed of 80 km per day. Once in a while, 3000 cars or 1500 trucks can come out simultaneously. State-of-the-art Australian tunneling methods have been used inside the Atal Tunnel. The ventilation system is also based on Australian technology.