PM Modi inaugurates Chenani-Nashri tunnel on Jammu-Srinagar highway

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Udhampur (Jammu and Kashmir), Apr. 2: Emphasising that the Chenani-Nashri tunnel would bolster tourism and increase employment in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked the youth to shed terrorism and adopt tourism, adding that the path of bloodshed would never help the state to prosper.

On the other hand, Separatists incite and pay the youth of Kashmir to throw stones at security force personnel while their own children live comfortably away from the tensions in the Valley.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed in her address thanked Modi for supporting her government during the "difficult time" a year ago, referring to the law and order situation in the Kashmir Valley after the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani. My own Valley has been blood-soaked, my Kashmir's beloved youth, my Hindustan's beloved youth.

"Using the same prime motto, we will move ahead with harmony, with brotherhood, with strong will and determination for the brighter future of the youth", he said, amid repeated chants of "Modi, Modi'".

With inlets every at 8 metres bringing fresh air into the main tube, and exhaust outlets every 100 m opening into the escape tube, the Chenani-Nashri tunnel is the world's sixth road tunnel with a transverse ventilation system.

The government should come up with a strong action plan against anti-India elements, he said. The youth of Jammu & Kashmir worked very hard in the making of the Chenani - Nashri Tunnel.

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Measures have been taken to safeguard the Himayalas and the environment, the prime minister assured. In line with the Skill India initiative of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the skill sets of local people were developed and improved, and they were engaged for construction of this tunnel.

Some people need to look at the condition of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, which lags behind on the scale of development.

"To ensure smooth travel and safety of commuters, the ABB has designed, engineered and supplied low harmonics variable speed drive (VSD) system for tunnel ventilation", he said.

The tunnel is part of the Jammu-Srinagar Highway's four-laning project.

Entire country is with Jammu and Kashmir if tourism is the focus.

This tunnel will change the fortunes of the Valley's farmers. The tunnel is also equipped with advanced scanners to ward off any security threat. Twelve other similar tunnel projects are being constructed to reduce travel time and distance between Jammu and Srinagar.