Prime Minister Narendra Modi is anticipated to inaugurate the 8.8-km-long Rohtang tunnel, being constructed on the Leh-Manali freeway, within the final week of September, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur stated on Thursday.
He stated the tunnel will give all-weather connectivity to the distant and border areas of the state.
The strategically necessary undertaking is being accomplished at a price of round Rs 3,200 crore, he stated.
“The tunnel, which was a dream of Atal Bihari Vajpayee is anticipated to be inaugurated within the final week of September by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It’ll give all climate connectivity to the distant and border areas,” the chief minister instructed reporters.
The tunnel is among the longest street tunnels within the nation and is being constructed at an elevation of 10,171 ft below Rohtang Go within the jap Pir Panjal vary of the Himalayas.
It’ll cut back the gap between Manali and Lahual-Spiti’s administrative centre Keylong by round 45 kilometres.
He stated in an effort to enhance actions and entry within the border areas, the state authorities is cooperating with Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) to develop helipads in areas bordering China.
In reply to a query, the chief minister stated the state authorities has determined that temples will stay closed for public until August finish owing to rise within the variety of coronavirus instances within the nation in addition to the state and in view of different infectious ailments through the wet season.
Replying to a different query, Mr Thakur stated the state authorities wishes to conduct Panchayat elections on time within the state.