Kashmir Has To Decide Between Tourism And Terrorism, Says PM Modi

03 April, 2017, 03:28 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Kashmir Has To Decide Between Tourism And Terrorism, Says PM Modi

The officials said the tunnel will save fuel worth Rs 27 lakh per day and almost Rs 99 crore a year.

Emphasising that in a democracy, all issues can be settled by dialogue, Mehbooba said to Modi, "show a way to our youth about creating "New Jammu and Kashmir" like "New India". He flew in an army helicopter to Chenani where he inaugurated the tunnel that connects the Udhampur and Ramban districts on the highway.

Soon after inaugurating the tunnel project in the presence of J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Governor NN Vohra and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, the Prime Minister addressed a jam- packed gathering in Battal Ballian area of Udhampur.

"This tunnel is the India's first and the world's sixth road tunnel with a transverse ventilation system enabled by ABB drives and controlled by ABB software", an official of the ABB said on the eve of inauguration of the 9-km long tunnel.

According to Chandwar, in tunnels overseas such safety techniques require a separate software for every feature, making it hard to be handled.

He said the tunnel is a long jump towards development for Jammu and Kashmir and would act as an engine of growth and employment to the people. One of its major advantages is that it will reduce travel time between Jammu and Srinagar by two hours and distance by 30 km. The Jammu and Srinagar Highway is considered to be the lifeline of the state.

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It is a 9 km long two-lane main tunnel with a parallel escape tunnel of the same length. The distance will be covered in around 4-4.5 hours. "The tunnel has world class safety features for detection of incidents including accidents and fire", said a ministry statement.

The tunnel, located at an elevation of 1,200 metres - thrice the height of Empire State building, is set to become a lifeline for the state which is hit by militancy exported from Pakistan and unfavourable weather condition for four to five months. "The tunnel will consume 10 MW power every day", said Jain.

This intelligent tunnel is equipped with the state-of-the-art technology that allows scanning of the vehicles as well as electronic monitoring of the passengers inside the vehicles.

The tunnel was scheduled to be completed by May 21, 2016. To make it dry we have put a water proofing membrane behind the concrete walls.

The VSDs and motors are installed at the North (Nashri) and South (Chenani) portals for air supply and exhaust.

He said nine such tunnels are planned for the state as part of infrastructure development.

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