PM To Open Chenani-Nashri Tunnel on April 2

SRINAGAR: India’s longest road tunnel built on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway, which will cut short the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by nearly 30 km will be dedicated to the people by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 2.

Union Minister of State in PMO, Jitendra Singh reportedly said that the Prime Minister will inaugurate the Chenani-Nashri tunnel on JK highway on April 2.

He has said that Modi will also address a public rally after the dedication the tunnel project to the nation.

The work on the 9.2 km-long twin-tube tunnel, which is part of a 286-km-long four-lane project on the highway, started on May 23, 2011 in lower Himalayan mountain range, and cost Rs 3,720 crore, officials said.

It will reduce the travel time between the two state capitals of Jammu and Srinagar by two-and-a-half hours. The road distance from Chenani and Nashri will now be 10.9 km, instead of the existing 41 km, they said.

Pertinently, soon after its formal inauguration by the Prime Minister, it will be handover the tunnel project to National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). The trial run was successfully completed between March 9 and March 15.

The Travel cost for a LMV vehicle would be Rs 55 on one side and Rs 85 for to-and-fro journey and Rs 1,870 for one month travel, while bigger vehicles like mini buses will have pay Rs 90 as one side toll and Rs 135 for to-and-fro toll.

Buses and trucks will have pay Rs 190 as one side toll and Rs 285 as two-side toll. 

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