Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Chenani-Nashri tunnel, which is the longest road tunnel in the country. The tunnel is located on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. It is built at an altitude of 1,200 meters and the overall project cost was Rs 2,519 crore. The tunnel is a remarkable feat of engineering, as the project has overcome major problems related to terrain, water seepage, etc. 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 tunnel itself measures 10.9 km, which makes it eligible to be listed among the longest highway tunnels in Asia. It will allow a safe and fast passage to travellers, even during inclement weather conditions. According to Union Minister Jitendra Singh, the tunnel will help save fuel worth Rs 27 lakh every day. Annually, the fuel saved would be worth Rs 99 crore. The tunnel features transverse ventilation system, which supplies fresh air throughout the tunnel at all times. The project was completed in seven years.