Trial Run on India’s Longest Railway Tunnel

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Trial Run on India’s Longest Railway Tunnel

A day after angry villagers in south Kashmir’s Anantnag blocked the trial run of a train through India’s longest 11.21 – km tunnel linking Qazigund to Banihal demanding halts at Hillad village in Qazigund, the railways carried out the first test run on Friday.

“Northern Railway is going to achieve one more milestone in J&K in transportation with the completion of Banihal – Qazigund section of Udhampur – Baramullah – Srinagar Rail link project…The first track tamping machine arrived at Banihal on December 24 from Qazigund. 1691cr was incurred by the railways to complete this section,” said a Northern Railway spokesman. The tunnel constructed by Hindustan Construction Corporation will reduce the travel distance between Qazigund and Banihal from 35 km ( by road ) to just 17.5 km ( by train ).

The Pir Panjal tunnel has attained the distinction of being the second longest railway tunnel in Asia, an HCC spokesman said. The tunnel section of the track was built at a cost of 1691 crore, and took seven years to complete. The tunnel was built by NATM ( new Austrian tunnelling method ) used for the first time on such a large scale in India. The tunnel has been made waterproof. It’s equipped with air quality monitoring, ventilation, communication, and fire – fighting systems.

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