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Nitin Gadkari visits Atal Tunnel with Jai Ram Thakur

The Union Minister and the Chief Minister were accorded a grand welcome by the people of district Lahaul-Spiti in the northern end of Lahaul in a traditional way.

Shimla. Union Minister of Road, Transport and Highways, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari Chief Minister Jairam Thakur Visited Atal Tunnel Rohtang with Prime Minister Narendra Modi On October 3 last year, the 9.02 km long tunnel connecting Manali to Lahaul-Spiti was dedicated to the nation. The Union Minister and the Chief Minister were accorded a grand welcome by the people of district Lahaul-Spiti in the northern end of Lahaul in a traditional way.

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The Union Minister while interacting with the media at the southern end of the tunnel said that Himachal Pradesh 19 tunnels are being constructed in the state, out of which the construction work of 8 tunnels is in progress. Four tunnels will be built between Manali-Leh. These tunnels will be constructed at Shinkula, Baralacha, Tangalangala and Lachungala. Leh-Ladakh will be connected to the country throughout the year due to the construction of Manali-Leh Road traffic tunnel. Border people will get better transportation facilities. Appreciated the efforts of Border Roads Organization and said that BRO would also construct tunnels at Shinkula, Baralacha, Tanglangala, Lachungala. Nitin Gadkari said that today I have got the good fortune of seeing the Atal Tunnel. The journey till Leh has been reduced due to the construction of the tunnel. The path of the army has become easier by constructing a tunnel at Zojila Pass. Now by constructing a tunnel on the Shinkula pass, the distance of Kargil border will be further reduced.

Atal Tunnel is the longest highway tunnel in the world, the construction cost of this tunnel is about Rs 3,200 crore. The project was to be constructed in less than 6 years but took 10 years to complete. The tunnel is built at an altitude of 3,000 meters (10,000 ft) above mean sea level (MSL) in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas. The road distance between Leh and Leh has been reduced by 46 kms and the travel time between the two places has come down by about 4 to 5 hours. The south portal is situated at an altitude of 3,060 meters, 25 km from Manali while its north portal is located at an altitude of 3,060 meters. Located in the valley near the village of Telingsissu at an altitude of 3,071 m.

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Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur, Tribal Development Minister Dr. Ram Lal Markanda, MLAs Kishori Lal Sagar and Surendra Shourie, Additional Chief Secretaries Ram Subhag Singh and J.C. Sharma, Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu, Principal Secretary Public Works Department Shubhashish Panda were also present along with the Union Minister on the occasion.

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