New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to inaugurate world’s longest tunnel, the ‘Atal tunnel’ on October 3.
The Atal tunnel is the world’s longest tunnel, above an altitude of 3,000 metres which connects Manali with Leh.
Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur said that PM Modi will tentatively come to Manali on October 3 for inauguration and will also visit Lahaul-Spiti.
The construction of the strategic tunnel below the Rohtang Pass was decided on June 3, 2000 when late Atal Bihari Viajpayee was the Prime Minister. Named after him, the tunnel will reduce the distance between Manali and Leh by nearly 45 kilometres and drive time by around seven hours. It will also save crores of rupees in transport costs in the long run.