Atal Tunnel Witnesses More Than 6.2 Lakhs Vehicles In 2022
Atal Tunnel is a highway tunnel built in the Himalayas range in Rohtang, Himachal Pradesh. There are 4.73 lakh more vehicle entries than last year.
In the year 2022, a large number of vehicles were observed traveling via the Atal Tunnel Rohtang.
Atal Tunnel Rohtang (ATR) was used by 6,22,988 and 6,50,711 vehicles, respectively, in the Lahaul valley in 2022, according to the Lahaul and Spiti Police.
The ATR saw significantly more traffic in 2022 than in 2021, according to the police. In 2021, a maximum of 3,76,870 vehicles visited the district, and a maximum of 4,23,071 vehicles left through ATR, for a total of 7,99,941 vehicles.
Thus, compared to the previous year, there has been an upsurge of almost 4.73 lakh automobiles. This represents a roughly 60% increase over the amount of automobile traffic observed the year prior.
In June, December, and May (in descending order), or 2,25045, 2,02,974, and 2,11,824, respectively, the highest monthly traffic was recorded.
Additionally, the most traffic ever seen in a single day was 19,383 on December 26, 2022. Since Atal Tunnel Rohtang was opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this is also the highest number for any one day.
In the previous year, there were 16 days with more than 10,000 people using the tunnel, with six of those days occurring in December.
On October 3, 2020, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened the Atal Tunnel near Rohtang.
The 9.02-km tunnel, which bears Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s name, is the world’s longest highway tunnel. It ensures year-round travel by linking Manali to the Lahaul-Spiti Valley.
Earlier, because of high snowfall, the Valley was cut off for nearly six months per year.
Recent snowfall on December 30 left tourists stranded in about 400 automobiles close to the South Portal of the Atal Tunnel in Rohtang Pass.
As a result of the snowfall at the tunnel on the Manali-Leh route and surrounding areas on Thursday, the vehicles became stranded due to the slick conditions that had taken over.
The vehicles were relocated to their destinations after a rescue operation that involved police teams from Keylong and Manali and took 10 to 12 hours to complete about 4 am on Friday.
The 46-kilometer road trip from Manali to Leh takes only roughly 4 to 5 hours thanks to the Atal tunnel.
The tunnel is built with cutting-edge technology in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas at an elevation of 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) above mean sea level (MSL).