Traffic-congested Jammu, Srinagar to get ring roads soon: Gadkari

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the Nashri- Chenani tunnel on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway making it operational for traffic.

"Last year the Centre announced a package of Rs 80,000 crore for the state and I congratulate Mehbooba and her government for already utilising more than half of the money". "Rs. 27 lakh worth of fuel is likely to be saved per day", the Prime Minister's Office said earlier.

March 31 (ANI): Calling for support of Hurriyat on the inauguration of India's longest tunnel at Chenani-Nashri, between Udhampur and Ramban in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Minister for Roads and Transport Nitin Gadkari on Friday said it is a historical event, confident that the residents will surely accept it. "But there is also the scent of sweat of Jammu and Kashmir's youth in this tunnel", PM Modi said.

The 10.9 km tunnel has been constructed with an investment of Rs 2,519 crore, and forms part of the proposed widening of NH 44 from Jammu to Srinagar.

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Chenani-Nashri tunnel, will bypass three major stations - Kud, Patnitop and Batote - on the highway.

The tunnel also has traffic control systems from both north and south ends and a transverse ventilation system to ensure supply of fresh air at all times. The tunnel is located on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

In an indirect attack on Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said people on the other side of the border are not able to handle themselves. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Minister Mehbooba Mufti was also present.

"We actually have to construct 13 tunnels on this highway stretch".

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"The tunnel has an Incident Detection Systems under which if any accident happens, our control team will get to know before the victim contacts us through the SOS call box". Among the major tunnels are Chenani-Nashri tunnel which is complete, followed by a tunnel from Banihal to Quazigund, which will be also around 8.45 km long using the same technology, in a very risky and avalanche-prone area. The project has provided employment to over 2,000 unskilled and skilled youth of Jammu and Kashmir as 94 percent of the workforce was from the state.

He termed Chenani-Nashri tunnel as state-of-the-art project.

He said tourism will bring economic development to the state.

Modi said the new tunnel would not only help farmers in the region take their produce to the capital in less time and avoid weather disruptions, but would potentially double tourism in the state.

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