Rohtang Tunnel - Strategic Tunnel on Manali Leh Highway


Manali Leh Highway is strategically very important for India because the other route via Srinagar falls on the target of Pakistan. During war or war like situation Manali Leh is the only highway which provides easy access to the armed forces and they can move easily to Ladakh via this route. However this route becomes inaccessible during winters when there is heavy snowfall and the route is closed.

Manali Leh Highway is strategically very important for India because the other route via Srinagar falls on the target of Pakistan. During war or war like situation Manali Leh is the only highway which provides easy access to the armed forces and they can move easily to Ladakh via this route. However this route becomes inaccessible during winters when there is heavy snowfall and the route is closed.

The cabinet committee cleared this project on Rohtang Tunnel in 2009. Once complete this tunnel will be the longest tunnel in the world at an altitude of over 3000 meters. The work on this tunnel is expected to finish in 2015.

The width of this unique tunnel(around 9 Kms) will be just over 11 Kms and it will be in the shape of a horse shoe. It will take care of traffic from both the sides. Once completed the distance between Manali and Leh will be reduced by around 46 Kms. The important thing is that the traffic will move throughout the year in all the weathers.

Latest sophisticated technology will be used to make this tunnel. Close Circuit Cameras will be installed in various places for security reasons.

The tunnel will not only help the forces but it will also boost tourism in the region.

It is believed that the UPA Government will start the work of this tunnel very soon may be this July


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