PM Madi to inangupate Atal Tunnel connecting Manali to Lahaul Spiti valley


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Saturday inaugurate the Atal Tunnel under the Rohtang Pass that connects Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh, which will be available for commuters throughout the year unlike earlier when the valley was cut off for about six months every year amid heavy snowfall. PM Modi would land on Saturday on Bhuntar Airport and then would go ahead with the inaugural The 9.02km long tunnel has been built with ultra-modern specifications in the Pin Tunnel Panjal Range of the Himalayas at an altitude of 3,000 metres from the mean sea level. Atal nel reduces the road distance by 46 km between Manali and Leh and the travel time by about four to five hours, according to the statement released by the Prime Minister's Office on Friday it is a apout horseshoe-shaped, single tube double lane tunnel with a roadway of 8 metres and an overhead clearance of 5.525 metres, the statement added. Designed for a traffic density of 3,000 cars per day and 1500 trucks per day with a maximum speed of 80 km/hr.the tunnel is 10.5-metre wide and a 3.6x2.25 metre fireproof emergency egress tunnel has been built into the main tunnel itself.

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