Jammu, July 13: Final blasting of India’s largest tunnel Chenani-Nashri held today in the presence of Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari.
Gadkari today present at the final blasting ceremony when the National highway authorities of india engineers drilled a hole through the final section of the tunnel between Chenani and nashri.
The 9.2 Km tunnel which is the part of the ambitious 286 Km long four laning of the Jammu -srinagar national highway will reduce the distance between two capital cities Jammu and Srinagar by around 30 km .the road is likely to be opened to traffic in July next year.
The tunnel connecting Chenani in udhampur with nashri in ramban dustrict is being completed at a cost of over 2500 crore. It will also reduce the existing road distance between two points on the highway from 41Km to 10.89 Km
The two tubes of the tunnel internally connected through 29 cross passages (each after a gap of 300 meters) and escape tunnel exclusively be used for pedestrians.
There is a provision for the ventilation keeping in view the distance of the tunnel .this state of the art tunnel project also have parking spots after a specific distance to tow away or shift vehicles in case of a breakdown . The four labe project would go a long in creating an all weather road to the kashmir valley.