Jammu and Srinagar, located within the state of Jammu & Kashmir in Northern India are connected by a National Highway. This is mountainous and harsh terrain as the state lies in the Himalayas. A National Highway with wide and smooth roads is a must to help to transport goods and people through the state. Because the region is mountainous, the highway is long and windy in parts. The part of the highway connecting the towns of Chenani and Nashri is in this region. In addition to it being difficult to travel, it was often blocked by avalanches and landslides.
The Government of India has now built a state of the art two-lane tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway. This reduces the travel time between Jammu and Srinagar by 2 hours! Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the tunnel in April, 2017.
What’s so interesting about this tunnel? Here are some facts:
- It is in the lower Himalayan mountain range and connects the towns of Chenani and Nashri
- It is the longest bi-directional (2 way) tunnel in Asia
- It reduces the distance between Chenani and Nashri from 41 km to to 9.2km
- The tunnel has been equipped with ventilation systems and safety technology. It even has an escape tunnel built in, just in case there’s an accident!
How is this going to help?
- The tunnel will be a quicker all-weather option and a great relief to commuters
- This is going to help businesses and tourism a lot. Businesses will be able to get their cargo across the state in a faster time and improve their efficiency.
- Tourists will be able to enjoy a safer and shorter journey, allowing them to visit and explore more of the beautiful landscape!