Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Chenani-Nashri tunnel, which is India’s longest highway tunnel build in Jammu & Kashmir on 2nd April 2017. This tunnel is 9 km long, It is a twin-tube tunnel. It is a great example of ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ initiative. Narendra Modi also declared that the Govt would invest Rs 7000 crore approximately in highways projects in Jammu and Kashmir in upcoming year. A ring road will also be built in Jammu at a cost of Rs 2100 crore and in Srinagar at a cost of Rs 2200 crore.
Features of Chenani – Nashri Tunnel
- This tunnel is 9 km long.
- All-weather tunnel between Udhampur and Ramban in Jammu & Kashmir is Asia’s longest bi-directional highways tunnel.
- Chenani-Nashri tunnel is built at an elevation of 1200 metres on one of the most difficult Himalayan terrains.
- The tunnel lessens the travel time between Jammu and Srinagar by two hours, bypassing about 41 kms of road length.
- It will also ensure an all weather passage on a route that often results heavy traffic jams and disruptions due to landslides,sharp curves,snow, breakdown of vehicles and accidents.
- The structure of the tunnel consists of a 9 km long two-lane main tunnel with a parallel escape tunnel of same length. The two tunnels are connected by 29 cross passages at regular intervals.
- These cross passages can be used for evacuation of vehicles and commuters in case of breakdown or any other emergency.
- 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 Traffic Control System in the tunnel has green and red lights, the speed limit signs to control traffic condition inside the tunnel.
- The tunnel has an Incident Detection Systems under which if any accident happens, the control team will get to know before the victim contacts through the SOS call box.
- The maximum height permitted in the tunnel is 5 meters and for checking the height, special sensors have been installed just before the toll points at both the ends.
- The tunnel is a part of the 286 km long four-lane of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
- The tunnel has an efficient ventilation system with inlets bringing fresh air at 8 metre intervals and outlet for exhaust every 100 metres.
- Zojila tunnel is also under construction between Leh and Ladakh at a cost of Rs 6000 crore.