Himachal Election Issue: Bhubhu Tunnel In Jogindernagar Has Been Gathering Dust In Files For One And A Half Decade, Even Survey Has Not Been Done

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Many claims and counterclaims have been made by the leaders regarding the construction of Bhubhu Tunnel, but till now, leave alone the construction, even the survey for the tunnel has not been done.

Kullu-Manali Bhubhu Jot Tunnel

Kullu-Manali Bhubhu Jot Tunnel

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Reported & Written By Kumud Sharma, Diary Times, Kullu/Kharahal, March 24: There were many promises to build the Bhubhu Tunnel but nothing has been done on the ground. In the Lok Sabha elections and by-elections of 2009, 2014 and 2019 as well as in the assembly elections, political parties made Bhubhu Tunnel the main issue to garner votes. Earlier, due to the formation of double engine government of BJP, people were also hopeful that this time the work of Bhubhu Tunnel would definitely start, but it did not happen. Even the previous Congress governments could not do much to build the Bhubhu Tunnel.

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Kullu residents Amit Thakur, Pritam, Bala Ram, Chaman Thakur, Kisan Sabha Vice President Devraj Negi say that no government or MPs have made serious efforts for the construction of Bhubhu Tunnel. According to government data, the length of the tunnel will be 3207 meters. With its construction, the distance between Kullu-Jogindernagar will be reduced by about 70 kilometers. People of Kullu-Mandi say that construction of Bhubhu Tunnel will be important from strategic point of view also. Initially, an amount of Rs 400 crore was estimated to be spent for the Bhubhu Tunnel, due to the matter being pending for many years, the budget will also increase further. With the construction of Bhubhu Tunnel, it will take less time for the Army to deliver supplies to the border and Lag Ghati tourism will also get a boost. But the process of the proposed Bhubhu Tunnel has been pending for years.

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Road has been built till the orifice of the tunnel

There is anger among the people of the area towards the government and the department due to the suspension of the construction work of the strategically important Kullu-Shilhabadhani road, which bridges the distance between Kullu and Jogindernagar. The foundation stone of the road to be built from Kullu side to the mouth of the tunnel was laid in 2012. The Public Works Department has constructed the road till Telang. But later the tunnel process got put on hold.

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The Congress government is making efforts for this. The central government is not taking serious initiative for the tunnel. For ten years, the central government has failed to make provisions for survey and budget.

-Sunder Singh Thakur, CPS

MPs have failed to make serious efforts for this. Construction of the tunnel is also important from strategic point of view. Serious efforts will be made for this if BJP MP becomes from Mandi.

-Govind Singh Thakur, former minister

Kumud Sharma

Kumud Sharma is the First Well-Known Female Journalist of the Journalism World of Himachal Pradesh. I am the Founder, Editor in Chief, Managing Director, Promoter of Diary Times. As a Female Journalist, With My Experience of More Than Nine Years, I Tell You Every News of Himachal Pradesh From The Ground Level With Absolutely Accurate and Correct Information, Be it the Politics of Himachal Pradesh or the Ground Reality, My Perspective On Every News Will Give You Assurance. I Assure You That Every News of Mine Will Comply With the Expertise and Fact Checking Policy.

 

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