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PM Modi Inaugurates Chenani-Nashri Link, India's Longest Road Tunnel, in J&K

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India's longest road tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on Sunday amid a shutdown call by Kashmiri separatists.

Mufti Islah | CNN-News18

Updated:April 2, 2017, 4:03 PM IST
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Srinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Chenani-Nashri tunnel, India's longest road tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on Sunday amid a shutdown call by Kashmiri separatists.

A multi-tier security setup was put in place for the Prime Minister's visit.

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The tunnel will save fuel worth nearly Rs 99 crore a year. "Rs 27 lakh worth of fuel is likely to be saved per day," Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh said.

The tunnel will reduce the travel time between the two state capitals of Jammu and Srinagar by two hours. The distance from Chenani and Nashri will now be 10.9 km (between two ends of the tunnel), instead of the existing 41 km.

The security setup included elaborate deployments, area domination, checkpoints and alertness in border areas and vigilance at vital installations in the region by various security agencies, a police officer said.

Security drills were carried out by police and other security wings. Three helipads were also sanitised and checked by security teams headed by the SPG.

(With PTI inputs)

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| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
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