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11th February 2022 (7 Topics)

Atal Tunnel makes it to World Book of Records

Context

Recently, Atal Tunnel has officially been certified by the World Book of Records as the 'World's Longest Highway Tunnel above 10,000 Feet', during a landmark ceremony in New Delhi.

About

About Atal tunnel

  • Length: 9.02 km
  • Connecting: Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley
  • Constructed by: Border Roads Organisation (BRO).
  • It is a 9.02 Km long tunnel which connects Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley throughout the year.
  • Earlier the valley was cut off for about 6 months each year owing to heavy snowfall.
  • It is at an altitude of 3000 Mtrs (10,000 Feet) from the Mean Sea Level (MSL).
  • The tunnel reduces the road distance by 46 Kms between Manali and Leh and the time by about 4 to 5 hours.
  • The South Portal (SP) of Atal Tunnel is located at a distance of 25 Km from Manali at an altitude of 3060 Mtrs.
  • The North Portal (NP) of the tunnel is located near village Teling, Sissu, in Lahaul Valley at an altitude of 3071 Mtrs.

About Border Roads Organisation (BRO)

  • BRO is a modern and transnational construction organisation that is committed to meeting the strategic requirements of the Indian armed forces. 
  • The organisation plays a vital role in upscaling infrastructural development.
  • Initially, BRO was functional under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. 
    • But since 2015, it is being managed and is functional under the Ministry of Defence.
  • BRO is operational in 21 Indian states and 1 union territory. 
    • But also, functional in our friendly countries like neighboring countries such as Afghanistan, Bhutan, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka
  • The Organisation was formed on May 7, 1960, to maintain and develop the Indian remote areas of north and northeast situated near the borders.
  • The BRO Raising Day is celebrated on May 7, every year.
  • The composition of this organization comprises Officers and troops who are selected from the Indian Army’s Corps of Engineers, Army Service Corps, Military Police, and other personnel.

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