India´s longest road tunnel was opened on 13th July, 2015 between Chenani to Nashri on the Jammu ´ Srinagar National Highway. The event was recently witnessed by Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari. The project involves construction of approximately 9.2 km long main tunnel along with parallel escape tunnel interconnected by 29 cross passages at 300 metre interval. The escape tunnel will exclusively be used for pedestrians. Deputy Chief Minister of J&K Dr. Nirmal Singh along with various other dignitaries was also present on the occasion.
The tunnel will provide safe and all-weather route that will result in a significant time saving to the commuters travelling along the National Highway between Jammu and Srinagar. The tunnel will also reduce distance between Jammu and Srinagar by 30 km
This state-of-the-art tunnel project will also have parking spots after a specific distance to tow away or shift vehicles in case of a breakdown. The four-lane project would go a long way in creating an all-weather road to the Kashmir valley.