Prez Kovind visits Atal’s tunnel in HP

Shimla: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday morning visited the Atal Rohtang Tunnel (ATR), the longest tunnel in the world at over 10,000 feet above sea level. The president arrived in Himachal Pradesh on Friday for a two-day visit.

He entered the tunnel through the northern portal in Lahaul Valley of Lahaul-Spiti district and reached its southern portal at Manali of Kullu district, covering a distance of 9.02 km.

After touring the tunnel, Kovind expressed his delight in building the structure. This tunnel is associated with the future of the nation, he said. Earlier, President Kovind had reached the village of Sissu near the north portal of the tunnel in an IAF helicopter. On his arrival, he received a traditional welcome.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur presented him with a painting of Thanka. Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar and State Cabinet Minister Ram Lal Markanda attended the occasion. An all-weather road under the 13,058-foot-high mountain in the Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh, the Atal Rohtang Tunnel was opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 3, 2020. The 9, 2 km long is the longest single-tube motorway in the world. tunnel located above 10,000 feet.

The underpass connects Lahaul of Lahaul-Spiti district and Manali of Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh.