Srinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated India’s longest tunnel Chenani-Nashri, on the Jammu-Srinagar highway amid high security.
9.2 km-long twin-tube tunnel, built in a record four years, will reduce travel time between Jammu and Srinagar by at least two hours.
Apart from it, the tunnel will save fuel worth nearly Rs 99 crores a year. Rs 27 lakh worth of fuel is likely to be saved per day.
The distance between Chenani and Nashri will now be 10.9 kms (between two ends of the tunnel), instead of the existing 41 kms.
Besides avoiding large scale deforestation and tree-cutting, the tunnel will provide a safe, all-weather route to commuters travelling from Jammu and Udhampur, to Ramban, Banihal and Srinagar.
The tunnel is equipped with world-class security systems, and is expected to boost tourism and economic activities in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
The work on the tunnel, which is part of a 286-km-long four-lane project on the highway, started on May 23, 2011 in lower Himalayan mountain range, and cost Rs 3,720 crore.
The formal trial run of this India’s longest road tunnel was successfully completed for peak, off peak hours between March 9 and March 15.
The Chenani-Nashri tunnel is India’s first and the world’s sixth tunnel to have transverse ventilation system, providing fresh air to passengers.