Jammu, March 10: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to throw open much awaited Chenani-Nashri Tunnel likely in mid of March, a trial run was conducted today in the tunnel in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir.
”A trial run of Cheneni-Nashri tunnel was conducted this evening from 1603 hours to 1703 hours and large number of vehicles were allowed to pass through the tunnel, which brought relief and smiles to the people passing through the tunnel,” an official here said.
He said that the vehicles passing through the tunnel were briefed on DOs and Don’t’s besides precautions to be taken while crossing the tunnel.
The vehicles were advised to tune in to radio channels for announcements while passing through the tunnel, keep low beam with head lights on, observe speed limit of 50 Kms Per hour, he added.
An official said that a large number of vehicles were held for traffic violations and being the first time, they were let off with a warning while one vehicle was seized for rash driving.
”The vehicle did not stop when told to stop and sped away at high speed. The occupants were also taking photographs of the tunnel hanging their heads outside the window,” he said adding that the vehicle also did not have the required papers and was later fined by the police.
The tunnel will reduce the distance between Chenani and Nashri from 41 km to 11 km.
Snowfall and avalanche in winter at Patnitop obstructs NH 44 a few times every winter and causes long queues of vehicles – sometimes for days at length. The tunnel will bypass Patnitop, Kud, and Batote and will reduce traffic jams on NH 44 in winter.
Traffic safety rules for chenani nashri tunnel users :
DO’s and Donts’ for the users follow as :
Chenani-Nashri tunnel was open for light vicheles only for trail bases. U4UVoice grabbed a chance to take a quick ride inside tunnel: