Patnitop Tunnel, India’s longest road tunnel, set to open in 2016
It connects Chenani in Udhampur with Nashri in Ramban district on the National Highway-1A (NH1A).
Patnitop Tunnel: Located on Jammu-Sri Nagar National Highwary (NH1A) in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Patnitop Tunnel was in news on 13 July 2015 as the Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari attended a ceremony when the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) engineers drilled a hole through the final section of the tunnel between Chenani and Nashri.
The Patnitop Tunnel or Chenani-Nashri Tunnel is touted as India’s longest road tunnel.
Features of Patnitop Tunnel
• It connects Chenani in Udhampur with Nashri in Ramban district on the National Highway-1A (NH1A).
• It’s objective is to make the NH1A all weather friendly by avoiding frequent disruptions to traffic that occur due to snowfall and avalanche in winter at Patnitop.
• The 9.2 km tunnel, which is part of the ambitious 286 km-long four-laning of the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, will reduce the distance between two cities — Jammu and Srinagar — by around 30 km.
• It will also reduce the existing road distance between Chenani and Nashri on the highway from 41 km to 10.89 km.
• Work on the tunnel was started on 23 May 2011 and is likely to be opened to traffic in July 2016.
• The state-of-the-art tunnel project is being built at a cost of over 2500 crore rupees.