Banihal Qazigund Road Tunnel: Inauguration date, route map, distance, connection locations, benefits – everything you need to know

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oi-Prakash KL

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Posted: Sunday April 24th 2022, 10:52 AM [IST]

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New Delhi, April 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Banihal Qazigund road tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. It is located in the Lower Himalayas on National Highway 44.

Distance and cost
Construction work on the project started in 2011 and was completed in 2021. It is one of the longest tunnels in India, with a length of 8.45 km (5.25 mi).

Banihal Qazigund Road Tunnel: Inauguration date, route map, distance, connection locations, benefits - everything you need to know

It is built at a cost of over Rs 3,100 crore. The 8.45 km long tunnel would reduce the road distance between Banihal and Qazigund by 16 km and reduce the travel time by around one and a half hours.

It is a twin-tube tunnel – one for each direction of traffic – the two tubes being linked together by a cross passage every 500 m, for maintenance and emergency evacuation.

Benefits of Banihal Qazigund Tunnel
The tunnel reduces the distance between Srinagar and Jammu by 16 km. The tunnel would help establish an all-weather connection between Jammu and Kashmir and bring the two regions closer together. This will help keep the continuous supply of essential commodities intact in the Kashmir Valley, which has often been interrupted due to snowfall or landslides.

Banihal Qazigund road tunnel: distance, connection locations, benefits - everything you need to know

The tunnel will facilitate connectivity between Kashmir and Jammu and solve the problem of road closures due to snowfall and landslides in winter.

“A major problem was when you had to take a patient to the hospital during the winters. patients are referred to Kashmir. There have been many deaths in the region due to unsuitable weather conditions. Even pregnant women have faced difficulties due to connectivity issues in Banihal,” a resident of Banihal told ANI. Banihal, Asif Hussain.

This tunnel circumvents the most difficult terrain of the national road. It was carried out on a Build, Operate, and Transfer (BOT) basis. It is attached with an exhaust system to remove gases and bring in fresh air. It has about 124 jet fans, 234 modern CCTV cameras and a firefighting system.

Article first published: Sunday, April 24, 2022, 10:52 a.m. [IST]

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