11km Banihal-Qazigund rail tunnel ready

Srinagar, June 21: The 11 km long railway tunnel between Banihal and Qazigund is ready with nearly 200 CCTVs, 25 telephone booths and a number of auto sensors installed in it to ensure a hassle free journey for commuters.
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“192 CCTVs, 25 exhaust fans, 25 telephone booths and a number of auto sensors to indicate fire and other troubles have been installed inside the tunnel,” IRCON officials constructing the vital Kashmir rail project ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s scheduled visit on June 25.  A control room set up at Banihal railway station will monitor all activities inside the tunnel built in the Pir-Panjal range, officials said.  Keeping in mind any eventualities, engineers have also constructed a six metre wide motor road along with the railway track.  “A six metre wide motor road along with railway track has been constructed inside tunnel for rescue and relief operations in case of any emergency,” officials said, adding that the high-tech Pir-Panjal Railway tunnel was water and fire proof.  Built at a cost of Rs 1,300 crore by the Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), the 11.3 km long tunnel will connect Kashmir Valley with the Banihal town of Jammu division and will be India’s longest and Asia’s second longest railway transport tunnel, officials said.