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Day not far off when Tricolour is unfurled in PoK: Union Minister Jitendra Singh

Jitendra Singh was speaking at an event to rename the Chenani-Nashri Tunnel in Jammu & Kashmir after Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 24, 2019 3:52:12 pm
Dr. Jitendra Singh hoisting the National Flag on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day, in New Delhi on August 15, 2018. (Source: PIB)

The day is not far off when the Indian flag will be unfurled in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Thursday.

“I have faith that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the way New India’s caravan is progressing ahead, that day is not far off when it will be possible to unfurl that Tricolour or ‘Nishan’ for which Shyama Prasad Mukherj sacrificed his life in Pakistan occupied Kashmir,” Singh said at an event to rename Chenani-Nashri Tunnel in Jammu & Kashmir.

At the event, Singh credited Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari for accepting the proposal of renaming the tunnel after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.

In 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had dedicated to the nation this 9 km-long tunnel that reduces the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by 31 km.

Chenani (J&K): Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting after inaugurating the Chenani-Nashri Tunnel in 2017. (PTI)

Singh today said due to “some compulsions” this could not be named after Mukherjee. The decision to rename the tunnel comes over two months after the abrogation of the provisions of Article 370.

The ‘Chenani–Nashri Tunnel’ was built at the cost of Rs 2,600 crore. The tunnel, bypassing snow-bound upper reaches, reduces the journey time by two hours and provide a safe, all-weather route to commuters travelling from Jammu and Udhampur to Ramban, Banihal and Srinagar.

The key features of the tunnel are – it is a single-tube bi-directional tunnel, with a 9.35-metre carriageway, and a vertical clearance of 5 metres.

There is also a parallel escape tunnel, with ‘Cross Passages’ connecting to the main tunnel at intervals of 300 metres. It also has smart features such as an integrated traffic control system; surveillance, ventilation and broadcast systems; fire fighting system; and SOS call-boxes at every 150 metres.

with PTI inputs

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