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Atal Tunnel makes it to World Book of Records

  • Published
    11th Feb, 2022
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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.

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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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