India's longest road tunnel, the 9-km Nashiri tunnel on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, will be thrown open to the public on April 2.
The project, which cost Rs. 3,720 crore, will reduce the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by 30 kilometres, and the travel time by two hours.
With this, India will join the select league of countries having integrated tunnel control systems.
Jammu and Kashmir gets India's longest road tunnel
About the Nashiri tunnel project
Construction of the two-lane tunnel started in May 2011 by IL&FS Transportation Network, and completed in nearly six years. It is part of a four-lane project on the Srinagar-Jammu highway, which is the only road link connecting Kashmir with the rest of India.
The Nashiri tunnel will make the Valley accessible by an all-weather road - a major relief, considering the landslide-prone highway mostly remains blocked during winter.
A crane will remain on standby to tow away damaged automobiles.
Special compartments inside the tunnel will enable people to alert teams in case of medical emergencies.
One-side toll will range from Rs. 55-190 for various vehicles.
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