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Dr Manmohan SinghTHMB PM inaugurates India's longest Pir Panjal rail tunnel

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SME Times News Bureau | 26 Jun, 2013
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday inaugurated the 11-km Pir Panjal rail tunnel in Banihal, a key rail link in Jammu and Kashmir to connect the troubled Kashmir Valley with the Jammu region. The Pir Panjal rail tunnel is believed to be India's longest and Asia's third longest tunnel.

On the final day of his two-day visit to the state, the prime minister opened nearly 11-km-long tunnel to link the towns of Bannihal and Qazigund in the two regions.

The rail connectivity will cut the present surface distance between the two towns by 18 km.

The prime minister boarded the train which carried children on its first run through the Pir Panjal mountain range tunnel.

He shook hands with the children on board and sat with them as the train wound its way through the tunnel.

Manmohan Singh then went back to Bannihal on the same train to address a public meeting in the town.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and central Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad accompanied the prime minister on the train journey.

The 10.96 km railway tunnel has been built at a cost of Rs.1,300 crores. An eight-coach train will operate on the route from June 27.
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