By: ML Verma
Shimla: Work on the Rohtang tunnel project is likely to start soon as a new chief engineer has been deputed at Manali to supervise the work. The tunnel is being planned aiming at providing all-weather road connectivity to Ladakh region in J&K, besides Himachal Pradesh’s tribal Lahaul and Spiti district.
While interacting with HimVani during the 48th Raising Day of Project Deepak, chief engineer IR Mathur said that work on Rohtang tunnel, which was earlier with Project Deepak, would now be looked after by a new project enshrined as ‘Rohtang Tunnel Project’, for which a separate chief engineer has been deputed by Border Roads Organisation (BRO), to be posted at Manali.
The nine-km-long tunnel, foundation of which was laid by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2002, will reduce the distance between Manali and Leh by 40 km. “Once the work begins, the tunnel will need minimum five years to get completed. Since all topographical surveys have been completed, now only green signal from the government is awaited,” Mathur added.
He disclosed that Baralacha Pass, Lachlungla Pass, Kunzum Pass and Tanglangla Pass would be made clear for vehicular traffic to make link with Leh within ten days as work on the snowbound road is on at war footing.