New Delhi: Border Road Organization (BRO) has bagged the Best Infrastructure Project Award by the Indian Building Congress (IBC) during their 25th Annual Convention for Engineering Marvel Atal Tunnel, Rohtang. The Atal Tunnel grabbed the award in the category in which more than 30 states of the art infrastructure projects had been nominated. The strategic tunnel in Himachal Pradesh connects Manali to the Lahaul – Spiti Valley.
Indian Buildings Congress (IBC) is an autonomous body founded with an aim to promote a 'Sustainable Built Environment', with cost-competitive technologies.
Director-General of Border Roads Organisation, Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhry received the 'Best Infrastructure Project Award' at a function organized at an event in New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhry said that the tunnel, an engineering marvel, has not only offered the Armed Forces a strategic advantage by providing an alternate link to the critical Ladakh Sector but has also been a boon for the residents of Lahaul & Spiti District in Himachal Pradesh as the valley and the state have witnessed exponential growth in tourism with resultant socio-economic dividends. He also stated that the lessons learnt during the construction of the Tunnel have empowered the BRO to undertake other challenging tunnel construction projects.
The Tunnel was dedicated to the Nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 03, 2020. The 9.02 km long, strategically significant, Atal Tunnel, under the 'Rohtang Pass' was constructed on the Manali – Leh Highway. Prior to the construction of the tunnel, the highway remained closed during the winter season for six months, isolating Lahaul & Spiti from the mainland.
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