Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu inaugurated the newly constructed Rs. 47.36 crore Sanjauli-Dhalli tunnel spanning 154.22 meters in Shimla town today. On the occasion the Chief Minister said , “The progress of this tunnel was going at snail’s pace during the previous BJP government, but the present State government expedited its construction work due to which it has been completed within one year.

The State government has directed all departments to adhere to time-bound completion of each project, as the government aims to maximize benefits for the people of the state at the earliest.” The existing Dhalli Tunnel, dating back to 1852, served as a single-lane passage and had surpassed its design life, causing persistent traffic congestion. The inauguration of the new tunnel marks a strategic move to alleviate these issues and provide smoother transportation for residents and tourists alike.

He said “Tourism, a key industry in Himachal Pradesh, stands to benefit significantly from the improved connectivity. The tunnel, strategically positioned on the route to popular destinations like Kufri, Naldehra, Tattapani, Narkanda, and Chail, will ease the movement of tourists and contribute to the region’s economic growth. The State government is committed to modernize its infrastructure, promoting tourism and addressing the needs of both residents and visitors.”

Tourism In Himachal : 154.22-Meter Shimla Tunnel Project Wrapped Up In Record Time

Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said that the new tunnel is the most viable and sustainable solution to reduce congestion on Shimla’s circular road. Beyond its infrastructural advantages, the project is expected to generate local employment opportunities and foster increased social interaction in the region. He said the old tunnel would also be renovated. Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Anirudh Singh, PWD Minister Vikramaditya Singh, Principal Advisor (Media) to Chief Minister Naresh Chauhan, MLA Harish Janartha and Mayor Shimla Surender Chauhan were also present amongst others.

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