Srinagar, April 1: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be dedicating the Chenani-Nashri tunnel, India’s longest highways tunnel to the nation on 2nd April. The tunnel is situated in the state Jammu and Kashmir. This tunnel is Asia's longest, worlds 6th largest tunnel and is 100% eco-friendly.The 9 km, twin-tube, all-weather tunnel between Udhampur and Ramban in Jammu-Kashmir is the best example of the government’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ initiative. This tunnel is not only India’s longest highways tunnel but also Asia’s longest bi-directional highways tunnel. The tunnel is built on one of the most difficult Himalayan terrains at the height of 1200 metres. The tunnel will help to lower down the travel time between Jammu and Srinagar by two hours, bypassing about 41 kms of road length. As it is all-weather proof tunnel so it will help to lower down the traffic jams and disruptions due to landslides, snow, sharp curves, breakdown of vehicles and accidents.
The Tunnel project cost Rs. 3720 Crores. It is situated at NH-44 connecting Jammu and Srinagar. There is also a parallel escape tunnel, with “Cross Passages” connecting to the main tunnel at intervals of 300 metres. The tunnel consists of 124 CCTV cameras and it consists of a special feature which includes inbuilt sensors. These sensors will alarm which is important as it will ring if any vehicle stops inside the tunnel.
There are two minor bridges on the south and north sides and 4-lane approach roads with Toll Plazas on both ends of the tunnel. The tunnel has an efficient transfer ventilation system. There are inlets bringing fresh air at 8 metre intervals and outlet for exhaust every 100 metres. The tunnel has lot other features like SOS calls on emergency, fully-integrated control system with ventilation, incident detection and firefighting. The tunnel is also equipped with advanced scanners to ward off any security threat.
The project will be inaugurated by PM tomorrow. This project will help to raise state economy as this project will provide over 2,000 unskilled and skilled youth of Jammu and Kashmir as 94% of the work force was from the state. Around 600-900 other state members are also the part of this project.