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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