STATE TIMES NEWS
UDHAMPUR: One of the engineering marvels of modern day world, Asia’s largest Chenani-Nashri Tunnel which will cut down the distance between twin capital cities of Jammu and Kashmir State by around 38 KM is all set to be commissioned, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, probably in the last week of March-2017. This information was divulged by Project Director J.S Rathore during his brief interaction with media persons in Udhampur on Friday.
Highlighting the salient features of this state-of-art hi-tech tunnel fitted with all modern facilities, Rathore informed that Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) Company has setup a well-equipped fully computerised operation room to keep surveillance on the movement of vehicles inside the twin tubes. “For feeding input to the aforesaid Operation Room, 124 CCTV cameras have been installed at equal intervals of 75 meters, three-tier system has been fitted to light-up the tunnels round the clock and a new innovative ‘Save our Soul System’ (SOS) has also been introduced to make contact with the team sitting in the Operation Room in case of an emergency besides effective fire fighting gadgets and hyper-sensitive ventilation system to ensure hassle free journey with convenience”, he added.
“Maximum speed limit permitted for vehicles plying inside twin tunnel tubes is 50 KM per hour with head lights on at low beam. Containers carrying inflammable material are banned from entering the tunnel. Maximum height limit permitted is 5 meters and for checking the height special sensors have been installed just before the Toll Points at both ends. Besides providing mobile network of telecom operators including Airtel, Idea and BSNL, a 92.7 FM Radio channel facility is also made functional inside the tunnel for necessary announcements and entertainment”, he said adding that IL&FS is all set to handover the tunnel project to National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) soon after its formal inauguration by the Prime Minister.
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