Himachal Pradesh: PM Modi inaugurates Atal Tunnel at Rohtang
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the Government has put in its full strength for development of border infrastructure. The Prime Minister was speaking after inaugurating the strategically important all-weather Atal Tunnel at Rohtang in Himachal Pradesh.
The Prime Minister said, construction of roads, bridges and tunnels is being carried out on a large scale with special emphasis on the development of border infrastructure. He said, its benefits are being extended to the common people as well as the armed forces personnel.
The Prime Minister drove through the Atal tunnel from the south portal of the tunnel at Manali to the north portal at Sishu in Lahaul-Spiti. He flagged off the HRTC bus service from the north to south portal through the tunnel towards Manali.
The Atal Bihari Vajpayee government had taken the decision to construct a strategic tunnel below the Rohtang Pass on June 3, 2000, and the foundation stone for the access road to the south portal of the tunnel was laid on May 26, 2002. In December 2019, the Government decided to name the Rohtang Tunnel as Atal Tunnel in honour of the former Prime Minister and scholar Atal Bihari Vajpayee who had passed away the previous year.