Jammu: The country’s longest road tunnel built on Jammu Srinagar national Highway, will be opened for General Public in July 2016 which will be reducing the distance between the two cities by at least 30 kilometers.
Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will be visiting Udhampur on Monday and will be present at the final blast ceremony where the National Highway Authority of India will be drilling a hole through the final section of the tunnel between Chenani and Nashri.
According to Road Transport and Highways Ministry the 9.2 km tunnel is part of 286 km-long four-laning project of the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. Once this tunnel becomes operational it will reduce the traffic jams on National Highway-1A that occur due to snowfall and avalanche in winter at Patnitop.
It will also reduce the existing road distance between two points on the highway from 41 km to 10.89 km.