Modi means business, it’s come true as the 9 km Chenani- Nashri tunnel, the longest in the Asia will reduce the distance between Kashmir valley and Jammu by 31 km. Now, we can say that there is light at the end of the tunnel. We can enjoy a short cut route to Jammu and enjoy the scenic beauty. Modi was right in saying, it is time to shun terrorism for tourism and the people should realise this fact. Having taken the courage to open the tunnel, Modi vehemently opposed terrorism and the recent measures taken will cut short the activities to the minimum by the year end. Pakistan is already in trouble as the latest drugged pilgrims were dubbed to death at Sufi shrine in Pakistan’s Punjab. It is time to go on an all out attack and see that unwanted terrorism coming across the border should be put to an end and we should think in terms of developing tourism in that place. Kashmir is the best option for tourists and that includes foreigners and local tourists. This is the first tunnel in our country to get the world class integrated tunnel control system that allows ventilation, fire control, signals, communication and electrical systems automatically actuated all in one motion. It is a dream come true project.
S Akhilesh Krishnan
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