Fire hydrants have also been installed inside the tunnel in case of any fire incident.
Manali (Himachal Pradesh):
The building of the Atal Tunnel connecting Manali with Leh, which is the world’s longest highway tunnel above 10,000 feet, has actually been finished in a span of 10 years whereas the original approximated time was less than six years.
” Atal Tunnel, linking Manali to Leh, is the world” s longest highway tunnel above 10,000 feet. The estimated period for conclusion of this tunnel was less than 6 years however it was finished in 10 years,” said KP Purushothaman, Chief Engineer.
” There are CCTV video cameras at every 60 metres and emergency exit tunnels at every 500 metres inside the tunnel. The tunnel will minimize the range between Manali and Leh by 46 kilometres and four hours can be saved,” said KP Purushothaman.
Fire hydrants have likewise been installed inside the tunnel in case of any fire event.
” The induction and de-induction of resources was an uphill struggle while it was under construction. We did face a lot of obstacles but together we were able to finish its building. The tunnel’s width is 10.5 metres, consisting of walkway of 1 metre on both sides,” stated KP Purushothaman.
Speaking With ANI, Colonel Parikshit Mehra, Director, Atal Tunnel job stated that numerous professionals working within the group were of the opinion to change the alignment of the tunnel.
” We have actually had this dream to link Leh and this was the primary step to the connectivity ladder. This tunnel was a tough job since we were working only from 2 ends. The other end remained in North, across the Rohtang Pas which was accessible just for around 5 months in a year,” he included.