New Delhi: The Border Roads Organization (BRO) Engineering Marvel Atal Tunnel constructed at Rohtang in Himachal Pradesh received the Indian Building Congress (IBC) ‘Best Infrastructure Project’ award on April 28, 2022 in New Delhi.
More than thirty state-of-the-art infrastructure was nominated for the prestigious awards, the strategic tunnel was judged by the IBC jury as the best projects of excellence in the built environment in 2021. BRO Managing Director, Lt. Gen. Rajeev Chaudhry has received the award for 25and Annual IBC Convention for BRO’s prodigious achievement in building this engineering marvel linking Manali to the Lahaul-Spiti Valley.
He said on the occasion that the tunnel, apart from giving the armed forces a strategic advantage by providing an alternative link to the critical sector of Ladakh, has also been a boon to the people of Lahaul & Spiti district in the Himachal Pradesh. The region has seen an unprecedented increase in the arrival of tourists, and in just over a year the valley and the state have experienced exponential growth in socio-economic areas and the Atal Tunnel is called to play a decisive role in the future development of the region.
The tunnel, built using the New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM) was dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on October 03, 2020. It was fitted with a semi-transverse ventilation system, where large fans circulate the air separately. throughout the tunnel. An escape tunnel has been integrated into the cross section of the tunnel under the main carriageway for evacuation in the event of an emergency. Fires inside the tunnel will be contained within an area of 200 meters and hydrants are provided at specific locations throughout the tunnel. Pollution sensors constantly monitor the air quality in the tunnel and if the air quality in the tunnel is below the desired level, fresh air is injected into the tunnel via two high efficiency fans from each side of the tunnel.