India opened the world's longest highway tunnel
New Delhi, 3 Oct (Prensa Latina) The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, officially inaugurated on Saturday the world's longest highway tunnel in the Pir Panjal mountain range of the Himalayas, at an altitude of 3,000 meters above sea level.
Located at the Rohtang Pass in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, the 9.02-kilometer stretch connects the resort city of Manali with the Lahaul-Spiti Valley, where communication was cut off for six months each year by heavy snowfall.
The tunnel is of strategic importance since it reduces the road distance between Manali and Leh, capital of the Indian territory of Ladakh, by 46 kilometers, as well as the travel time by four or five hours, according to the All India Radio station.
New Delhi decided to name it Atal Tunnel in December 2019 in honor of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died the previous year.
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