Jammu, April 2: In wake of strengthening the bond of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to inaugurate India’s longest highway tunnel ‘Chenani-Nashri’ in Jammu and Kashmir today. The longest road tunnel in South Asia is between Chenani and Nashri in Jammu & Kashmir. The all-weather Chenani-Nashri tunnel will be the first in India to be equipped with world class “integrated tunnel control system” and has been built at a cost of over Rs 2,159 crore in a record time of four years. The historical tunnel is located at an elevation of 1,200 meters. Much to the relief of commuters, the tunnel will reduce the travel time between Jammu and Srinagar by two-and-a-half hours which will be approximately 30 km.
The ‘Chenani-Nashri’ tunnel is Asia’s first and longest bi-directional highway tunnel. The new 10.8 kilometre Chenani-Nashri road tunnel is the longest highway tunnel in Asia. The inauguration of the tunnel will boost the economy of Jammu and Kashmir as it will give a fillip to tourism in the state. High alert has also been issued ahead of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit. The tunnel will save fuel worth nearly Rs 99 crore a year while Rs 27 lakh worth of fuel is likely to be saved per day.
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The 9.2 km long tunnel connects Udhampur with Ramban on the 286 km long Jammu-Srinagar highway. The work on building this four-lane engineering structure started on 23 May, 2011. The ‘Chenani-Nashri’ tunnel is one of the most important infrastructural projects undertaken by the Government of India. The scheduled date of completion was May 2016, but couldn’t be completed due to many delays.
The salient features of the tunnel include Entrance Detection Control System, Integrated traffic control system, Electronic Surveillance System, Active Firefighting System, Tunnel Ventilation System and Evacuative Broadcast System. Moreover, the tunnel is fully automated with no human intervention and is the first in the world to be built in a record time of 4 years.