Tunnel on Manali-Leh NH ready to open

SHIMLA, Sept 20: The world’s longest high-altitude tunnel on Manali-Leh National Highway is fully ready to open in Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul-Spiti district, a senior Border Road Organisation (BRO) official said today.
The 9-km Atal tunnel built at an altitude of about 10,000 feet above sea level in Lahaul Spiti’s Rohtang is likely to be formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in coming weeks, said BRO Chief Engineer, Brigadier K P Purshothaman.
‘We are ready for its opening anytime after September 25. PM may open it in the last week of this month or first week of the next month,” Brig K P Purshothaman said.
No official confirmation has been received so far, we may get it within a couple of days, he said, adding it is also not yet clear if it would be a virtual opening due to the Corona crisis or a physical one. (PTI)