The longest tunnel in India Chenani-Nashri in Jammu and Kashmir is all set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 2. This will reduce the travel time and is expected to give a new lease of life to the static economy of Jammu and Kashmir. After the hit of terrorism, state has faced the economic stagnation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also likely to address the public rally after the event.
About the Tunnel
The construction of the tunnel started on May 23, 2011 which involves nearly 1,500 engineers, geologists and labourers. It was expected to be completed within five years but due to the unfavourable climatic condition and local disputes between labourers and contractors the project got delayed by two years.
Rs. 3,720 crore has been spent on the project by the National Highway Authority of India. The tunnel has two tubes: the main tunnel and the escape tunnel. There are 124 CCTV cameras for surveillance inside the tunnel. In case of traffic, the control room will send the information to the traffic police outside the tunnel.
Travellers will be able to use their mobile phones inside the tunnel. BSNL, Airtel and Idea have set their towers inside the tunnel. Tunnel also has inlets in every 8 metres bringing fresh air into the main tube, and exhaust outlets in every 100 meter. This is the Asia’s longest bi-directional highway tunnel having fully transverse ventilation system and is completely equipped.
Separatist leaders of the state have called for the strike to protest the visit of Prime Minister to the state on April 2. They have declared a complete shutdown in the state. Senior separatist leaders, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik said Narendra Modi is visiting Jammu and Kashmir when civilians are being killed.
All about the Toll
Cars will have to pay Rs 55 for one- way and Rs 85 for the two-way journey and a monthly pass will be issued for Rs 1,870 while bigger vehicles like pick-up and small buses will have to pay Rs 90 for one-way and Rs 135 for the two-way journey. Heavy vehicles will be charged Rs 190 for a one-way journey and Rs 285 for the return journey.