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Atal Tunnel Rohtang: Escape Tunnel Will Bring People Out Safely In Disaster

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Samvad News Agency, Keylong

Published by: Krishan Singh
Updated Thu, 23 Dec 2021 11:43 AM IST

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The world’s longest Atal Tunnel will rescue the stranded people in the event of a disaster in Rohtang. It is made optional. One end of which opens in the North while the other in the South Portal. In the escape tunnel, boards showing the distance of both ends have been installed under the emergency egress door.

Atal Tunnel Rohtang’s Escape Tunnel
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The world’s longest Atal Tunnel, built at an altitude of 10 thousand feet above sea level, will rescue the stranded people in Rohtang in the event of a disaster. It is made optional. One end of which opens in the North while the other in the South Portal. In the escape tunnel, boards showing the distance of both ends have been installed under the emergency egress door. The 9.2 km long double lane tunnel has many facilities for passing through. They also have a disaster prevention mechanism. Deputy Commissioner Lahaul-Spiti Neeraj Kumar on Wednesday held a meeting with the BRO officials regarding the safety of the tunnel and the road connecting the two ends and measures to avoid the damage caused to the motorists, especially due to the sliding of the glacier after snowfall. On this, BAO Chief Engineer VK Singh said that the road leading to Atal Tunnel Rohtang and its mouth is completely safe.

BRO is also working on some other plans, which will give new dimensions to the tunnel in the coming times. Lt Col Sunny informed that self-opening emergency egress doors have been installed every 150 meters inside the tunnel. Any person can open its door and convey his point to the control room. In this arrangement, the control room talks directly with the phone and one touch panic button. Based on this, the patrolling team will help them. Excellent facilities have also been added for fire fighting during disaster in the main tunnel. CCTV cameras are also installed. Digital boards showing speed limits at various places warn drivers to keep speed control.

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The world’s longest Atal Tunnel, built at an altitude of 10 thousand feet above sea level, will rescue the stranded people in Rohtang in the event of a disaster. It is made optional. One end of which opens in the North while the other in the South Portal. In the escape tunnel, boards showing the distance of both ends have been installed under the emergency egress door. The 9.2 km long double lane tunnel has many facilities for passing through. They also have a disaster prevention mechanism. Deputy Commissioner Lahaul-Spiti Neeraj Kumar on Wednesday held a meeting with the BRO officials regarding the safety of the tunnel and the road connecting the two ends and measures to avoid the damage caused to the motorists, especially after snowfall due to the glacier sliding. On this, BAO Chief Engineer VK Singh said that the road leading to Atal Tunnel Rohtang and its mouth is completely safe.

BRO is also working on some other plans, which will give new dimensions to the tunnel in the coming times. Lt Col Sunny informed that self-opening emergency egress doors have been installed every 150 meters inside the tunnel. Any person can open its door and convey his point to the control room. In this arrangement, the control room talks directly with the phone and one touch panic button. Based on this, the patrolling team will help them. Excellent facilities have also been added for fire fighting during disaster in the main tunnel. CCTV cameras are also installed. Digital boards showing the speed limit at various places warn drivers to keep speed control.

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