The Prime Minister of India has finally unveiled a dream project of long- The Atal Tunnel, the world’s longest highway tunnel- The Atal Tunnel at the height of 3,000m in Himachal Pradesh. It was a promise of the BJP, and the stone for this tunnel was laid by the late Prime Minister and the namesake for this project, Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The 9.02 km long tunnel, built by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in the shape of a horseshoe, is the world’s longest highway tunnel and connects Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley.
It provides all-weather connectivity to the landlocked valley of Lahaul-Spiti, which remains cut-off for nearly six months in a year as the Rohtang Pass is usually snow-bound between November and April.
The inauguration comes at a significant time when India finds herself at crossroads between China heightening tensions in the contended area of Aksai Chin and Pakistan playing a new card in the cold Indo Pak war over Kashmir. The tunnel is sure to serve as a catalyst for Indian military buildup in the Leh Ladakh region as it opens up the Lahaul region, which used to remain closed off due to adverse weather conditions. Within a week of the opening, it has recorded three accidents, two caused by enthusiastic bloggers eager to get a bird’s eye view at this engineering marvel.
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