PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Chenani-Nashri Tunnel in Kashmir

Published: 04:33 GMT, Apr 3, 2017 |

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (April 2) inaugurated the country’s longest road tunnel that links Kashmir Valley with Jammu by an all-weather route and reduces the distance by 31 kms. After the inauguration, Modi, along with Vohra and Mehbooba, travelled in an open jeep through the tunnel for some distance.

The 9-km long Chenani–Nashri Tunnel, built at the cost of Rs 2,500 crore, was dedicated to the nation by the prime minister in presence of NN Vohra and Mehbooba Mufti.

The tunnel, bypassing snow-bound upper reaches, will reduce the journey time by two hours and provide a safe, all-weather route to commuters travelling from Jammu and Udhampur to Ramban, Banihal and Srinagar. The estimated value of daily fuel savings will be to the tune of Rs 27 lakh, according to the PMO.