Sonia to lay foundation stone of Rohtang tunnel project
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 03, 2010, 21:52
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 invitees.

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.


First Published: Thursday, June 03, 2010, 21:52

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