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India Now Home To The World’s Longest Highway Tunnel

As a tribute to the former Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee who envisioned an India that was much more connected than it was then, the Atal Tunnel, now the world’s longest tunnel has been inaugurated. He envisioned an India that was well connected and where you could reach even the remotest place by road. The tunnel is therefore called the Atal tunnel and was inaugurated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

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The tunnel boasts facilities like having entry barriers at both portals, air quality monitoring facilities after every kilometer, telephone connections at every 150 meters, evacuation lighting and or exits at every 25 meters, fire hydrant mechanisms, and cameras at every 60 meters, auto-incident detection system with CCTV cameras at every 250 meters, and last but not the least a broadcasting system throughout the tunnel. The tunnel is 9.2 kilometers in length, hence the aforementioned facilities are very much needed in order to avoid worst-case scenarios from occurring while people are commuting. 

This great architectural and infrastructural feat will now ensure that India remains better connected and that no place will be too out of reach. This great accomplishment comes at a time when people are striving to reduce commuting time. As this incredible feat has been conquered, the Border Roads Organisation now plans to focus on improving the roads and infrastructure at areas in and around the border so as to increase accessibility.

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