The bold double-tube Banihal-Qazigund tunnel alongside the 270-km Jammu-Srinagar nationwide freeway constructed at a value of Rs 2,100 crore goes by way of the testing and commissioning course of and is more likely to turn into operational in coming weeks, officers of the development firm stated on Sunday.
The work on the 8.5-km-long tunnel began in June 2011 and, on completion, it could cut back the highway distance between Banihal in Jammu and Qazigund in south Kashmir by 16 km.
It’s going to bypass Jawahar Tunnel and Shaitan Nalla, which is vulnerable to heavy snowfall and slippery circumstances throughout winters and leads to a bottleneck within the strategically necessary highway linking Kashmir to the remainder of the nation.
“We’re presently engaged within the testing commissioning course of after the set up of all required tools together with air flow and electrical system,” Chief Supervisor of Navayuga Engineering Firm Muneeb Tak informed PTI.
He stated they’re working round the clock and the “folks will get the excellent news quickly”.
The official stated the tunnel is trafficable in the intervening time and goes by way of the ultimate phases earlier than it’s devoted to the folks of the Union territory.
Navayuga sources stated the continuing work is predicted to be accomplished inside a couple of weeks and the tunnel is almost definitely to be thrown open to visitors by the top of this month.
They stated the corporate had additionally acquired a nod for the trial run of the visitors by way of the tunnel.
Tak stated the tunnel is a masterpiece of engineering and has been constructed with the Austrian Tunneling Methodology.
“The tunnel has been constructed on the Construct Function and Switch base system with a state-of-the-art exhaust system to take away fuel and convey within the recent air,” he stated.
He stated 126 Jet followers, 234 CCTV trendy cameras and a firefighting system have been put in in each tubes of the tunnel.
“A hall between two tubes after each 500 meters contained in the tunnel has been constructed and this can be utilized in case of any emergency in both tube,” the official stated. The prevailing highway tunnel under the Banihal cross usually witnessed visitors congestion that affected motion on the freeway, the one all-weather highway linking Kashmir with the remainder of the nation, as a result of its elevation of two,194 m (7,198 ft) and restricted visitors capability.
The brand new tunnel’s common elevation at 1,790 m (5,870 ft) is 400 m decrease than the present Jawahar tunnel’s elevation, which might make it much less vulnerable to avalanches and fulfills the dream of expressway between Srinagar and Banihal.
The work on the tunnel was delayed for a number of causes prior to now 10 years together with surprising land situation contained in the tunnel in addition to points associated to native landlords and firm staff.
Firm insiders, nevertheless, attributed the tough geographical terrain and inclement climate circumstances throughout winters as the first causes for the delay within the completion of the mega challenge.
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