Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has supplied more than 9000 tonnes of steel, comprising 6500 tonnes of TMT, 1500 tonnes of structurals and 1000 tonnes of plates for fabricating beams and a small quantity of SAIL GP/GC sheets for constructing stations and control rooms for Atal Tunnel, the world’s longest road tunnel at an altitude of above 3,000 metres. It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.
Union Minister for Steel and Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said this tunnel would be of great significance to the locals as well as for strategic movements. It would boost connectivity of the Spiti Valley. This is an achievement considering the very challenging conditions of the construction site and weather. The Atal Tunnel will connect Manali to Lahaul and Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh throughout the year.
Anil Kumar Chaudhary, Chairman, SAIL, commented, “SAIL has always committed itself and will continue to be in the service of the nation. It is a proud moment for the company to have partnered in such an important project for strengthening India. The new facilities at SAIL are also adding to our capacities and expertise in fulfilling every domestic requirement.”