Shimla: More than eight years after
former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee laid the foundation
stone of Rohtang Tunnel project at Palchang near Manali, UPA
chairperson Sonia Gandhi will again lay the foundation stone
of the project on June 28.
Union Minister Virbhadra Singh said in a press
statement that the project with revised cost of Rs 1495 crore
would be completed by 2015.
Construction of 8.8 KM long tunnel beneath mighty
Rohtang Pass (13,050 ft) would provide all weather link to
tribal Lahaul & Spiti and Pangi valleys which remain cut off
from rest of the world for nearly six months due to snow.
Singh, a senior Congress leader from Himachal Pradesh,
said Defence Minister A K Antony would preside over the
function and Chief Ministers of Himachal and Jammu and
Kashmir, Prem Kumar Dhumal and Omar Abdullah would be special
The Union Minister refuted the charge of the chief
minister that he was not helping in getting additional
financial assistance for the state and accused the HP
government of not properly utilising the plan funds.