As PM Modi inaugurated the Atal Tunnel, the longest highway tunnel above 10,000 feet in the world, let’s look at the features and numbers around it.
Crux of the Matter
On 3 October, 2020, PM Modi inaugurated the Atal Tunnel connecting Manali and Lahaul-Spiti valley. Let us look at some numbers around Atal Tunnel. First of all, let us have a look at its route and how much travel time it cuts down.
Along with the travel time reducing massively, the tunnel has some additional features like CCTV cameras, telephones, ventilators, etc. Even the height of the tunnel has been kept keeping in mind the passage of heavy loaded trucks! Let’s have a look at it.
To know the story behind the tunnel’s development, we have this story for you: Atal Tunnel: How Will It Ease Travel Through Himalayas?
- A tunnelling shield is a protective structure used during the excavation of large, man-made tunnels. When excavating through ground that is soft, liquid, or otherwise unstable, there is a health and safety hazard to workers and the project itself from falling materials or a cave-in.
- The Thames Tunnel is a tunnel beneath the River Thames in London. It is the first tunnel known to have been constructed successfully underneath a navigable river and was built between 1825 and 1843.
- The Pir Panjal Railway Tunnel is an 11.215 km long railway tunnel located in Pir Panjal Range of middle Himalayas. Also called the T-80, it is the longest transport tunnel in India.
- Hindustan Times – Manali to Leh in less than 10 hours: Atal Tunnel is now open for drive
- India Today – Turkish company part of Atal Tunnel project; ambassador hopes for more collaborations with India
- The Hindu – World’s longest highway tunnel opened in Himachal Pradesh
- Livemint – PM Modi inaugurates Atal Tunnel in Rohtang. 5 facts about this engineering marvel