Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to inaugurate the long-awaited ‘Atal Tunnel’ in Rohtang Pass in the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas on the Leh- Manali Highway in Himachal Pradesh on 3 October 2020 at 10:00 am in a grand ceremony. This tunnel is named after our former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and is said to be the world’s longest underground 9.02 km tunnel between Manali and Leh. He will be accompanied by defense minister Rajnath Singh and chief of defense staff Bipin Rawat.
It is concluded that it will reduce the distance between Manali and Leh by 46 km thereby reducing the time by almost 4-5 hours. This historic infrastructure is built on the top of 10,000 feet. It has some high-tech installations, such as a telephone connection at every 150 meters in case of any emergency.
This project has taken almost 20 years from June 2002 since the time of its starting under the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. On 24 December 2019, PM Narendra Modi along with his other officials decided to name Rohtang Tunnel as Atal Tunnel in the honor of our former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
PM Modi tweeted and said that the” Atal Tunnel will solve many connectivity problems in the backward areas situated near the tunnel. It will directly contribute to the ‘Ease of Living’ to local citizens. I am also going to join Public Programmes in Sissu in Lahaul and Spiti and at Solang Valley.”
Whereas Amit Shah tweeted that,” Atal Tunnel is going to be proved as a boon for the entire region. People will now have access to better infrastructure, school, college, medical facility, business opportunities, employment opportunities, and other activities. It will give rise to the tourism industry and help them who want to make their career in this industry.”