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Chenani- Nashri Tunnel: 10 Facts

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About: Chenani- Nashri Tunnel

Chenani-Nashri Tunnel  is a road tunnel in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The two lane tunnel is constructed by drilling  through the base of Shivalik Ranges of the Himalayan Mountain system. This infrastructural marvel is part of a 286-km-long four-lane project on the Jammu-Srinagar highway undertaken by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

The tunnel falls under the national highway NH 44 (eariler NH 1A ) which is

The tunnel connects Udhampur with Ramban (Source : National Highways Authority of India)

 being upgraded under the National Highway Development Project (NHDP) , the North South Corridor. The corridor runs from Srinagar in J&K to Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu. NH 44 is the longest national highway in India running at over 3,745 kilometres. 

From the Jammu side the tunnel begins at Chenani tehsil in the Udhampur district along the southern face of Shivalik Ranges of the Great Himalayan Mountain system.  This major tunnel by-passes three highway bus stops  Kud, Patnitop and Batote. The tunnel ends at Nashri  in Ramban district. The newly inaugurated tunnel  has  reduced  the distance between Chenani and Nashri from more than 40 km to less than 10 Km. The all weather tunnel reduces travel time between Srinagar and Jammu by about two and a half hours. The road tunnel has set the benchmark for future highway projects in the hilly and seismically active regions along the Great Himalayan Arc.

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