Strategic tunnel under Rohtang Pass christened Atal Tunnel

Updated: 26 December, 2019 14:22 IST | Agencies | New Delhi

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the government has fulfilled a long-pending demand to name the tunnel after the former PM

Modi pays tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his newly unveiled statue in Lucknow on Wednesday. Pic/PTI
Modi pays tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his newly unveiled statue in Lucknow on Wednesday. Pic/PTI

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday named the strategic tunnel under Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in a tribute to him on his 95th birth anniversary. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the government has fulfilled a long-pending demand to name the tunnel after the former PM.

PM Narendra Modi said the project is very important for the country as it will change the fortunes of the region and help promote tourism. "Rohtang Tunnel, connecting Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Leh in Ladakh, will now be known as Atal Tunnel. This strategic tunnel will change the fortunes of this region. It will help in promoting tourism in the region," he said.

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First Published: 26 December, 2019 11:19 IST

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