Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Chenani-Nashri tunnel inaugurated

The Chenani-Nashri tunnel was inaugurated on Sunday April 2nd 2017 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

As India’s longest road tunnel and Asia’s longest bi-directional highway tunnel, it traverses a distance of 9.2 km connecting Chenani in Udhampur district with Nashri in Ramban district.

The Ministry of Road transport says the tunnel is a part of the 286 km long 4-laning of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.- Built at Rs 3,720 crore, the tunnel will reduce the distance between Jammu and Srinagar from 41 km to 9.2 km.

Below are some interesting fact about the tunnel.

- 1,500 engineers, geologists, skilled workers and labourers worked on the project

- 92.7 FM is mandatory for vehicles where emergency messages will be relayed

-6,000 LED multiple colour lights will be used to break monotony

- GSM phones will work inside the tunnel. 118 SOS boxes have been set up, one every 150 metres on both sides

- Smoke and heat dampeners will react quickly in fire incidents

-118 CCTVs, one every 75 metres

- At 50 km/hr speed, the tunnel is a 12 to 15 minutes drive

- Each tube has a diameter of 13 metres, while sideway has a diameter of 6 metres

- Rs. 27 Lakh fuel savings a day
Comprises two tubes and 29 cross-passages, with special lane for exigencies

-Air quality monitors every 12 metres will keep a check on carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, guiding exhaust fans and air purification

- Automated Integrated Traffic Control System will monitor traffic round-the-clock and overheated vehicle will be made to stop for cooling off

- Vehicle distance to be maintained at three metres

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