Kautilya Academy 26-12-2019
PM Modi renames Rohtang Tunnel as Atal Tunnel
The central government has renamed Rohtang Pass as 'Atal Tunnel' recently. This tunnel connects Leh and Manali regions. It was announced on the occasion of 95th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Rohtang Tunnel connecting Manali to Leh will now be known as Atal Tunnel. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in his tweet that the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has fulfilled the long pending demand of re-naming the tunnel. He also said that it will be a tribute to the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
About four thousand crore rupees will be spent on its construction. The construction cost of the tunnel was estimated to be around Rs 1400 crore in the initial phase. The construction of the Tunnel delayed about five years due to the leakage of water from Seri River situated right above the tunnel.