Atal Tunnel is the world's longest tunnel above 10,000 feet
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- The United Kingdom based “World Books of Records” has officially recognised Atal Tunnel as the “World's longest Highway Tunnel above 10,000 feet above the mean seal level .”
The Atal tunnel is 9.02 kilometres long and it runs under the Rohtang pass on the Manali-Leh Highway.
It is at a height of 10,171 feet and it was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 3 October 2020.
It has been constructed by the Border Road Organisation which comes under the Ministry of Defence .
It has reduced the distance between Manali(Himachal Pradesh) and Sarchu(Leh) by 46 km and travel time by four to five hours .
It is an all weather road of strategic significance for the Indian Army as it opens an alternative route to ladakh for the Army.
Manali- Leh Highway
It is part of the National Highway 3 which starts from Attari in Punjab to Leh in Ladakh through Manali .
The Manali-Leh highway is 427.7 Km long .It has 178 Km in Himachal Pradesh after the opening of the Atal Tunnel and 250 Km in Ladakh .
Sarchu in Ladakh is the major halt point at the boundary of the Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh.
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