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adsatinder

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when will the rohtang tunnel be open for traffic ?
Due to technical issues, nothing is certain.
Till they find some solution, it will be opened later only in 2019 (Shhhhhhh.).


Work on Rohtang Tunnel halts as over 500 workers go on strike
Workers’ body, affiliated to RSS’ Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, alleged violation of labour laws by companies engaged in construction of the tunnel.
INDIA Updated: Apr 03, 2018 11:40 IST

Saurabh Chauhan
Hindustan Times, Shimla


For the past four days, no work has taken place on the strategic 8.8km long Rohtang tunnel, as more than 500 workers went on strike, citing violation of labour laws.

Workers began their protest on March 27 as the private firms -German group Strabag and Indian firm AFCON Infrastructure Limited, which have been engaged for the construction of the tunnel, failed to pacify them on Saturday, which resulted in continuation of the strike.

The protesting workers have threatened to remain on strike until their demands are met or a concrete solution is formed for their issues. The workers’ body - Himachal Pradesh Nirmaan Kaamgaar Sangh - claimed to be affiliated to RSS’s Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh. The body is demanding to bring all workers under labour laws and also call back the labourers who were sent home.

Their 13-point demand charter read, “We live in unhygienic conditions. Despite repeated requests, no improvements have been made. Food timings are odd and sitting arrangement is not proper.”

The association’s president Dharmender Singh said, “Talks should be held in a positive atmosphere to resolve the issues of workers.” He claimed, “We are forced to go on strike as our demands charter was trashed earlier. We were harassed by contractors.”

The digging work of the 8.8-km long all-weather tunnel, which began in 2010, has been completed. However, the civil work is on and will be completed by 2019. The tunnel connects Dhundhi (south portal)of Kullu district and Sissu, (north portal) of Lahaul and Spiti district.

The estimated cost of the project in 2010 was ₹1,700 crore. It was revised to ₹2,000 crore in 2015 and the projected cost of the project by 2019 is pegged at ₹4,000 crore. Conceived in 1998, the project was announced by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on June 3, 2000. The work was entrusted to the Border Road Organization (BRO) on May 6, 2002. United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi laid the foundation stone of the project on June 28, 2010.

The Army is hopeful of completing the contruction of the tunnel next year. Chief engineer, BRO, Brig Nilesh Chandrana said, “We have asked the contractors to resolve the issues with workers. The construction work has entered its last leg and we are working exhaustively to complete it by next year.”

Meanwhile, none from the private firms could be contacted.



Work on Rohtang Tunnel halts as over 500 workers go on strike
 

adsatinder

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Posted at: Apr 7, 2018, 12:49 AM; last updated: Apr 7, 2018, 12:49 AM (IST)
Stalemate ends, Rohtang tunnel work set to resume

Dipender Manta
Tribune News Service
Manali, April 6

Following the assurance of Mandi MP Ramswaroop Sharma, the 11-day stalemate between Rohtang tunnel workers and company officials ended on Friday.

As many as 700 construction workers had stalled work, accusing the company of violationg the labour rights. They alleged that they were being forced to work overtime, that too on a fixed amount. Hygiene eluded the place where they lived, they lamented.

Since the first day of the strike, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), the nodal agency of the Rohtang tunnel project, and construction company AFCONS officials have been pacifying the protesting workers, but the latter did not relent.

The work was awarded to AFCONS Infrastructure Limited in September 2009. The BRO is the overall in-charge of the project. President of the construction workers’ union Dharmendar said following the intervention of MP Ramswaroop Sharma and the BRO, the protest had been called off. He said: “They have assured us to consider our demands and we will resume work on Saturday.”

NM Chander Rana, Chief Engineer, Rohtang tunnel, said: “We hope the workers will be back on Saturday and the work will pick up.” The MP visited Manali to resolve the issue. “I have spoken to the Ministry of Defence and the BRO in Chandigarh to solve the problem of the workers, who have been protesting against the indifferent attitude of the company officials,” he said.

Sharma said he would urge the Ministry of Defence to initiate inquiry in to the matter, adding that for such trivial issues, the construction work was halted for 11 days and the authorities could not pacify the workers. This project was conceived in 1983, while the drilling of the tunnel began in June 2010. The BRO is keen on completing the project in 2019, which will provide an all-weather connectivity to residents of Lahaul-Spiti.


Stalemate ends, Rohtang tunnel work set to resume
 

Yogesh Sarkar

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Rohtang was opened from Manali side yesterday. If you got the beyond Rohtang Pass permit, then it is the correct one. You don't need to do anything else, just show it at the checkpost at Gulaba.
 

Yogesh Sarkar

Administrator
Yes, and that is something we have been telling people again and again. Heck I am telling this to someone on FB right now. But people think they know everything.
 

kunalsoni

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Yes, and that is something we have been telling people again and again. Heck I am telling this to someone on FB right now. But people think they know everything.
Yes it is so important, one should always keep time in hand to get that permit stamped from DC's Office.
And it can't be done before 10 A.M, as it is the opening time for D C's Office.
Because Of this i have to add one more day in my Trip.
 

hellrdr

Sandeep Sharma
Hearing horrible stories of rohtang traffic jam, Any tips to avoid traffic while crossing rohtang on Sunday?
 
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