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Tunnel below Kunzum pass soon: Ram Lal Markanda
TNN | Updated: Jun 15, 2020, 21:50 IST



MANALI: The possibility of building an all-weather tunnel for traffic movement below the 15,000ft high Kunzum pass on Gramphu-Sumdho highway is being explored, forest and tribal development minister Ram Lal Markanda said. He also said Rs 200cr has been sanctioned for maintenance of the highway.

The highway near Kunzum Pass is in poor condition and is sinking regularly. Excessive moisture has made its maintenance very difficult. In the winter, the pass is covered with an up to 50ft thick blanket of snow, which makes it impossible to open. After completion of Rohtang tunnel this year, there are chances that the road till the base of the Kunzum can be kept open in the winter. If Kunzum pass is bypassed by a tunnel, maintenance of the highway will be very easy.

“Rs 200cr has been sanctioned for the highway. Condition of the road will be improved soon. The possibility of building a tunnel below Kunzum pass is also being explored. This is an important highway. Besides being a lifeline for locals, it is an important route for tourists. All possible efforts are being made to make the highway double-lane,” Markanda said.

Transfer of the highway from the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to the Public Works Department (PWD) triggered public rage in Spiti. Residents wanted the road to stay with BRO as they believe PWD cannot improve its condition. The minister said residents will see results very soon.



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मंडी: तीसरी टनल का भी हुआ ब्रेकथ्रू, लेह की दूरी 106 किमी कम होगी
Mandi News in Hindi

मंडी: तीसरी टनल का भी हुआ ब्रेकथ्रू, लेह की दूरी 106 किमी कम होगी


टनल के ब्रेकथ्रू के दौरान डीसी मंडी और अन्य.


मंडी जिला में पंडोह से टकोली तक का एरिया सबसे ज्यादा स्लाईडिंग वाला एरिया है. ऐसे में यहां टनलों के माध्यम से फोरलेन का निर्माण किया जा रहा है, क्योंकि और कोई विकल्प नहीं है.


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मंडी. सामरिक दृष्टि से महत्वपूर्ण कीरतपुर-मनाली फोरलेन निर्माण के पूरा होने के बाद लेह तक की दूरी में 106 किमी की कमी हो जाएगी और लेह तक का सफर काफी आसान हो जाएगा. इस पूरे प्रोजेक्ट के तहत मंडी जिला में पंडोह से टकोली तक बन रही दस में से तीसरी टनल का ब्रेकथ्रू हुआ. यह ब्रेकथ्रू डीसी मंडी ऋग्वेद ठाकुर ने बटन दबाकर किया. उन्होंने बताया कि टनलों का निर्माण काफी चुनौतीपूर्ण कार्य है लेकिन एनएचएआई के मार्गदर्शन में एफकॉन्स कंपनी बेहतरीन ढंग से इस कार्य को अंजाम दे रही है.


सेना का सारा सामान इसी रास्ते से लेह तक जाता है
उन्होंने बताया कि कीरतपुर से मनाली तक बन रहे फोरलेन का निर्माण कार्य पूरा होने के बाद 36 किमी का सफर कम हो जाएगा और इस कार्य में टनलों का अहम योगदान है. बता दें कि मनाली से लाहौल स्पिति के लिए एक और टनल बन चुकी है और उसका कार्य अंतिम चरण में है. जब यह टनल भी सुचारू हो जाएगी तो कीरतपुर से लेह तक की दूरी में 106 किमी की कमी आएगी, जोकि सेना के लिए काफी मददगार साबित होगा. क्योंकि सेना का सारा सामान इसी रास्ते से लेह तक जाता है.


क्या बोले डीसी मंडी

डीसी मंडी ऋग्वेद ठाकुर ने कहा कि मंडी जिला में पंडोह से टकोली तक का एरिया सबसे ज्यादा स्लाईडिंग वाला एरिया है. ऐसे में यहां टनलों के माध्यम से फोरलेन का निर्माण किया जा रहा है, क्योंकि और कोई विकल्प नहीं है. उन्होंने कहा कि यह टनलें ऑल वैदर टनलें होंगी जहां हर मौसम में इनका इस्तेमाल किया जा सकेगा. उन्होंने तेज गति के साथ कार्य करने के लिए एनएचएआई और एफकॉन्स कंपनी के अधिकारियों को बधाई दी. मौके पर एसडीएम सदर निवेदिता नेगी, एनएचएआई के प्रोजेक्ट डायरेक्टर अमर रोहिला, एफकॉन्स के प्रोजेक्ट मैनेजर आरके सिंह और एचआर हैड कर्नल बलजिंदर गौरैया सहित अन्य गणमान्य लोग भी मौजूद रहे.


मंडी: तीसरी टनल का भी हुआ ब्रेकथ्रू, लेह की दूरी 106 किमी कम होगी
 

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02 JULY 2020 Last Updated at 6:53 PM | SOURCE: IANS

Modi may open Rohtang tunnel named after Vajpayee in Sept: HP CM


Modi may open Rohtang tunnel named after Vajpayee in Sept: HP CM

Shimla, July 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to inaugurate the strategic Rohtang tunnel named after the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee in September, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Thursday.
He said the Atal Tunnel would be completed by the end of next month and the Prime Minister would dedicate it to the nation probably in September. The Chief Minister was addressing the people at Sissu in Lahaul-Spiti district.
Thakur also appreciated the local people for effectively tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
He said the situation in Himachal was quite under control now, adding that there was a sharp increase in the number of cases in the state after over two lakh people stranded in different parts of the country were brought back to the state.
Agriculture Minister Ram Lal Markanda said the Atal Tunnel would open new vistas of tourism in the Lahaul Valley, besides generating employment avenues for the youth.
On the eve of the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Central government on December 24, 2019 had announced to name the Rohtang tunnel, a road link between Kullu and the landlocked Lahaul Valley, after Vajpayee.
The Union government had acceded to the request of the state to rename the tunnel as a mark of respect to the late BJP stalwart, who had laid the foundation stone for the tunnel in 2003.
The tunnel would not only provide all-weather connectivity to the landlocked Lahaul-Spiti, but will also attract tourists to the district.
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), a wing of the Central government that constructs and maintains crucial road links along international borders, has been tasked with the construction of the 8.80 km horseshoe shaped tunnel which lies beneath the Rohtang Pass.
The most ambitious and expensive undertaking of its kind, the excavation of the tunnel was completed in October 2017. Now the electrical and ventilation works are in progress.
--IANS


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Reaching new strategic heights, piercing the Pir Panjal: Work on 8.8 km-long Rohtang tunnel in final stretch
India

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Updated Jul 03, 2020 | 14:44 IST



Besides boosting connectivity and tourism, the Atal tunnel will help the Army move essential supplies to soldiers deployed at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh.

Rohtang tunnel atal


Rohtang tunnel | Photo Credit: PTI



KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Rohtang tunnel pierces through the Pir Panjal range above 10,000 feet, making it the longest highway tunnel at such an altitude anywhere in the world
  • Some 3,000 contractual workers and 650 BRO employees have been working in shifts 24X7 on the Rs 3,800-crore project
  • The maximum speed limit inside the tunnel is 80kmph; once completed, as many as 3,000 cars and 1,500 trucks can pass through it every day
It has been called the world’s longest mountain tunnel and a marvel of engineering. But with the ongoing India-China standoff in Ladakh, there is an added sense of urgency to complete the 8.8 km-long tunnel – named the Atal tunnel after the former prime minister -- that will provide all-weather connectivity between Lahaul and Manali, and slash the distance between Manali and Leh by more than 45 km.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Thursday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the strategically important tunnel in early September.
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which is carrying out the construction, is working at full throttle to finish the work by the end of next month, Thakur added.
Besides boosting connectivity and tourism, the tunnel will help the Army quickly move essential supplies to troops deployed near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.
Due to heavy snowfall in the Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh, many areas of Lahaul-Spiti get cut off from the rest of the country. The Atal tunnel will ensure that this will no longer happen, while also providing a winter link to residents of Zanskar valley in Ladakh.


The power of engineering
The Rohtang tunnel pierces through the Pir Panjal range above 10,000 feet, making it the longest highway tunnel at such an altitude anywhere in the world.
Some 3,000 contractual workers and 650 BRO employees have been working in shifts 24X7 on the Rs 3,800-crore project (estimated final cost).
At one stage a massive water channel flowing above the tunnel made the construction nearly impossible, and it took years to find a way around it.

The horseshoe-shaped tunnel has a telephone every 150 metres and a fire hydrant every 60 metres. Ever 2.2 km there is a turning cavern while drivers can find an emergency exit every 500 metres. There is also an air quality monitoring system after every kilometre.
The tunnel boasts of CCTVs every 250 metres that come with an intelligent system to detect incidents.
The maximum speed limit inside the tunnel is 80kmph; once completed, as many as 3,000 cars and 1,500 trucks can pass through it every day, providing ample room for two-way traffic.
To ensure safety of travellers and motorists, anti-avalanche mechanical structures have been built on both sides of the tunnel, by the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment, a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) laboratory headquartered in Chandigarh.
Given the altitude of the region, the tunnel is expected to remain covered by snow for much of the year.
A 250-metre catch dam at the tunnel's north will contain any falling debris. And sensors will monitor the prevalence of snow and floods round the clock.
A tribute to Indian engineering and ingenuity, the Rohtang tunnel is one of the most significant projects undertaken in this strategically vital region.



Reaching new strategic heights, piercing the Pir Panjal: Work on 8.8 km-long Rohtang tunnel in final stretch
 
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