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  • 4:39 PM IST

    Prime Minister Narendra Mlodi today inaugurated the longest tunnel in India, Chenani-Nashri tunnel. He also took a tour along the tunnel to check on the facilities that have been made available for the people. Modi will address a public meeting in Udhampur and then is expected to fly back to Delhi. Read here, the salient features of Chenani-Nashri tunnel.

  • 4:25 PM IST

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally in Udhampur. After which, he is expected to fly back to Delhi.

  • 4:03 PM IST

    Modi took a tour of the tunnel

  • 4:01 PM IST

    Nitin Gadkari shares a picture of the tunnel

  • 3:59 PM IST

  • 3:58 PM IST

    PM Narendra Modi took a walk along the tunnel and checked the facilities that have been made available for the people.

  • 3:57 PM IST

    Salient features of the Chenani-Nashri tunnel:

    1. The tunnel is equipped with top-notch technology.

    2. For security, 124 CCTV cameras have been installed.
    3. SOS boxes have also been installed every 150 metres.
    4. BSNL, Airtel and Idea have set up facilities.
    5. Longitudinal exhaust fans installed.
  • 3:51 PM IST

    Visuals of the Chenani-Nashri tunnel

  • 3:49 PM IST

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  • 3:49 PM IST

    Narendra Modi is taking a tour of the tunnel along with other leaders.

Jammu and Kashmir, April 2: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate Asia’s longest road tunnel, 9.28 kilometres long Chenani-Nashri, on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway tomorrow, making it operational for traffic. The longest bi-directional road tunnel will reduce the travel time between Jammu and Srinagar by two-and-a-half hours. India.com is running LIVE updates of the tunnel inauguration.

As per the reports, the tunnel took nearly 5.5 years to be fully operated for traffic. The two-lane Chenani-Nashri tunnel is Asia’s longest. It will reduce the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by approximately 250 kilometres from the current 350 kilometres. As per the reports, the all-weather tunnel will be the first in India to be equipped with world class “integrated tunnel control system”.

Located at an elevation of 1,200 meters, the Chenani-Nashri tunnel cost over Rs 2,159 crore. It has been believed that the tunnel will boost the economy of Jammu and Kashmir by giving a boost to tourism in the state. The tunnel will save fuel worth nearly Rs 99 crore a year while Rs 27 lakh worth of fuel is likely to be saved per day.

The tunnel comprises two tubes running parallel to each other. The main traffic tunnel is of 13 metre diameter, while the escape tunnel is of 6 metre diameter. As per the reports, it will also bypass 44 avalanche – and landslide-prone spots on the highway.

The tunnel was constructed by as many as 1,500 engineers, geologists, skilled workers and labourers. The tunnel is will be the first in India to be equipped with world class “integrated tunnel control system” through which ventilation, fire control, signals, communication and electrical systems will be automatically actuated. Just ahead of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to inaugurate the longest tunnel, high alert was issued.