Chenani-Nashri tunnel

Chenani-Nashri Tunnel, also known as Patnitop Tunnel, is a road tunnel in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir on NH 44 (former name NH 1A before renumbering of all national highways).

About the tunnel-

  • The Chenani-Nashri tunnel is the longest’s tunnel in India with an average length of over 9.28 km.
  • This is the first tunnel in India to be constructed with a fully integrated tunnel control system.
  • This tunnel has reduced the distance between the cities of Jammu and Srinagar by over 30 km.
  • This has cut travel time by over two hours.
  • This all-weather tunnel bypasses the snow-laden and the avalanche-prone regions in winter like the Patnitop, Kud, and Batote.
  • This type of weather blocks the NH 44 every winter and leads to a long queue of vehicles.

Why is it in the news?

  • The Chenani-Nashri tunnel may be named after one of the founders of BJP and the foremost ideologues of the right-wing, Syama Prasad Mookerjee.
  • Mookerjee was one of the foremost voices for the complete integration of Jammu & Kashmir in the country and he died in a jail in the state after been arrested.
  • A suggestion in this regard was made by one of the Union Ministers elected from Jammu & Kashmir to the Union Minister of Highways of India.
  • If named as such, this will be the second tunnel named after a political leader in Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Earlier, the tunnel at Banihal Pass was named after the first Prime Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru.?

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