India’s longest road tunnel – Chenani-Nashri tunnel – built on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, was opened for general traffic.
It reduces the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by 42 kms.
The 9.2 km Chenani-Nashri tunnel is part of 286 km-long four-laning project of the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. The tunnel is among the longest highway tunnels in Asia. The tunnel is at an altitude of 1,200 meters on the National Highway 44.
It will also reduce the traffic jams on National Highway-1A that occur due to snowfall and avalanche in winter at Patnitop. Thus, the tunnel is an alternative all weather route. It is an alternative to the highway which often closes at the time of snow and rains.
It will boost trade and increase revenue in the State. It will also help boost tourism.
The tunnel will ensure a safe and swift passage for commuters, even in adverse weather conditions.
The Chenani-Nashri tunnel is India’s first and the world’s sixth tunnel to have transverse ventilation system, providing fresh air to passengers.
Technologically, this is one of the most advanced road tunnels built in the country, surmounting challenges of terrain and distance
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