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Modi inaugurates new tunnel connecting Indian-controlled Kashmir

Staff Writer | April 3, 2017
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modiy opened a new tunnel connecting Muslim majority areas of the region to Jammu city and from there to mainland India, officials said.
Modi tunnel
Transportation   The all weather 9.2-km-long tunnel
The all weather 9.2-km-long tunnel drilled through the mountainous Himalayan terrain on Srinagar-Jammu highway will reduce the distance on the 294 km stretch by around 41 km.

Modi flanked by region's Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti travelled through the tunnel in an open jeep after inaugurating it and throwing it open for public.

"The tunnel will not only reduce the distance between Jammu and Srinagar, but will also promote tourism in the Valley, open up employment opportunities for the youth and give a boost to development in the state," Modi said.

Local government officials say the tunnel was built to ease travel on highway and help troubled region's trade and tourism.

"The twin-tube, all-weather tunnel between Udhampur and Ramban is not only India's longest highways tunnel but also Asia's longest bi-directional highways tunnel," a statement issued by Indian government said.