World Book Of Records: Atal Tunnel ‘Longest Highway Tunnel’

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the tunnel. (Image: PTI)

It’s a moment of pride for India as Atal Tunnel makes it to the World Book of Records. Atal Tunnel is the world’s longest highway tunnel. The proud development has been confirmed by MyGovIndia in a tweet.

Longest Highway Tunnel – World Book Of Records

The Atal Tunnel has been officially certified as the ‘World’s Longest Highway Tunnel above 10,000 feet’ by the World Book of Records. Atal Tunnel is a highway tunnel built under the Rohtang Pass in the Eastern Pir Panjal Himalayan Range on the Leh-Manali highway. It is the longest highway single-tube tunnel above 10,000 feet in the world with a length of about 9.02 km.

Importance of Atal Tunnel

The tunnel is significant because before its construction, the highway remained shut for a period of six months due to snowfall and winter.

This caused Spiti and Lahaul to be completely isolated from the Indian mainland during the winter months.

While the tunnel connected these two areas with India more effectively, it also reduced the distance on the Manali – Sarchu road by 46 km, due to which the travel time went down by four or five hours.

With this, an all-weather connectivity has been provided on the Manali-Leh axis, the ministry said.

Atal Tunnel Facts

Atal Tunnel is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. it is the longest tunnel in the world. About 9km long, this tunnel connects Manali and Lahaul-Spiti valley.

It has been constructed by BRO (Border Road Organization), a composition of the Indian Army. Let us know the interesting facts about the world’s longest tunnel, the Atal Tunnel.

the first name of this tunnel was Rohtang tunnel. but on 25th Dec 2019, the Modi Government decided to build the Atal tunnel in the name of its former prime minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

On the birthday of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, this tunnel was named in his honor; on 3 October 2020, the Atal tunnel, the world’s longest tunnel, was inaugurated by the prime minister Modi.

Before the Atal tunnel, the longest tunnel in India was the Jawahar tunnel; Jawahar tunnel is located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India and has a length of 2.85 km.

The project of this tunnel was announced by the former prime minister of our country, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on 3rd June.

The foundation stone of Atal tunnel was laid by Sonia Gandhi on June 28, 2010.

The first explosion for the construction of the tunnel took place in 2010 and the last blast was in 2017.

The 8.9.02 km long tunnel is built at an altitude of 3000m above sea level and it is the longest road tunnel at the highest altitude in the world.

The construction of the tunnel was supposed to be completed in February 2015 but could not be completed due to unforeseen reasons; it was finally completed in September 2020.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had said “Vajpayee got the idea for constructing the tunnel on a suggestion from his friend Arjun Gopal of Tashi Dobhe village in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh”.

The Modi government decided to name the Rohtang Tunnel as Atal Tunnel in December 2019 to honor the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayi.

The World Book of Records

The World Book of Records, UK is an organization that lists, verifies, exceptional records with authentic certification around the world.

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