The accidents have started after the inauguration of the 9.02-km long tunnel ‘Atal Tunnel‘ in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. In the 24 hours since the opening of the world’s longest tunnel, there have been three accidents. Tourists come in large numbers to see the world’s longest tunnel, the Atal Tunnel, but they are not following the rules.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the ‘Atal Tunnel’ tunnel under the Rohtang Pass on October 3, but the next day he was vying for overtake, careless driving and taking selfies. Accidents happen. The Border Roads Organization (BRO) has worked hard for a decade to build a 10,000-foot tunnel. He blamed the local authorities for not deploying police to supervise motorists in the tunnel. However, following the objection of BRO, the state government deployed police personnel in the tunnel.
BRO’s Chief Engineer Brigadier K.P. Purushottam said that he had sent a letter to the Chief Minister’s Office on July 3 and informed the local administration about the deployment of the police team in the tunnel on October 3. In addition, deployment of fire brigade personnel in the tunnel was also discussed with the civil authorities. Despite this, no team was deployed in the tunnel, the BRO said. Tourists and motorists are flouting the traffic rules in the tunnel. According to CCTV footage, drivers stopped their vehicles inside the tunnel to take selfies, while no vehicles were allowed inside the tunnel. He said that overtaking has not been allowed despite the tunnel being double lane, but drivers are openly violating all these rules. As a result, many accidents have occurred.