On 2 March 2017, PM Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s longest road tunnel which links the Kashmir valley to Shimla. The Chenani-Nashri tunnel is first of its kind in India. The tunnel is 10.89 kms long and has a tons of assistances to offer. Chenani-Nashri tunnel has set a standard for the forthcoming infrastructure and technology.
The Asia’s bi-directional road tunnel is built on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway. The tunnel will cut down the time of travelling by two hours between Jammu and Srinagar.
Budget. The tunnel has presented the nation with numerous striking features which does not costs just a few penny. To meet the world class amenities the whole tunnel project costs around Rs.2519 crore.
“This 10.89 km tunnel between Chenani and Nashri in Jammu and Kashmir, an engineering marvel on the most difficult terrain of the Himalayas, was built in a record five years” , Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said.
Project. The Chenani-Nashri tunnel is a part of Jammu-Srinagar Highway NH-44 four lane project. This Project was started in early 2011 and it encompasses construction of twelve similar tunnels by the year 2019. The tunnel is projected to save Rs. 27 lakh per day due to minimal traffic hassles and weather incompatibility. The Project is implemented by IL & FS (Infrastructure leasing and Financial Services), which is an Indian company. The company has finalized the entire project with the support of National Highways Authority of India. This is indeed a perfect move by PM Narendra Modi to flash his national campaign ‘Make in India’.
Salient Features of Chenani-Nashri Tunnel-
- Transverse Ventilation System
- Tunnel remains completely dry
- Comprises of two tubes-
- Main Traffic Tube
- Escape Tube
- Special Drainage System
- FM Rebroadcast System
- Integrated Traffic Control System
- 124 CCTV cameras
- Video Surveillance System
- Three Tier power system
- SOS call boxes at every 150 meters distance with all the crucial services
Benefits. A boost in revenue generation is sure as Rs. 27 lakh savings per day will be spawning and also with the infrastructure advancement the tourism industry for the whole affected area will be scrambled. The Chenani-Nashri tunnel will provide much safety and security to the people. India’s longest tunnel will also prove to be convenient enough for the travellers and the passengers throughout the way due to its world class amenities. This project has delivered hundreds of skilled and unskilled people with employment. The trade activities will be amplified because the tunnel now serves as the ultimate link between different places and also is safe and secure during any time of the year. Earlier, there used to be massive traffic jams and people used to get trapped on highways for 3 days and more without any food and water supply. Now even if there’s an emergency people can get help for the SOS System and get the way out of the tunnel. SOS also comprises of an emergency telephone facility, a fire alarm and a first aid kit. The tunnel has strength to catch the mobile network signals all the way.
Inside the India’s longest tunnel, there are lively lights everywhere to escort and occupy the driver throughout the journey. When the tunnel is leading towards the end the colours of lights changes to dim white to alter the passenger’s eye according to the perky light outside. This tunnel has set many examples of infrastructure for the nation and its paybacks cannot be ignored. Being said that, we can only imagine the reimbursements that the twelve similar tunnels have to offer.