Jawahar tunnel modernization underway: Chief Engineer Beacon

The Chief Engineer Beacon, Brig AK Das, on Thursday said a massive modernization is underway to upgrade 2.
Jawahar tunnel modernization underway: Chief Engineer Beacon

The Chief Engineer Beacon, Brig AK Das, on Thursday said a massive modernization is underway to upgrade 2.9 kilometers Jawahar tunnel on Srinagar-Jammu highway. 

He said the Project Beacon has taken up many steps to install advance technology required for the modernization of the over 60-year old tunnel and make it safe for commuters. 

The Chief Engineer, Project Beacon while giving details said the tunnel is a lifeline of JK and the maintenance strategy is being followed to ensure the movement of traffic is not impeded even during the winters . 

The Chief Engineer said the security , safety , surveillance and mobility gadgets of the tunnel are being installed to give it a new look.

Brig A K Das said that 322 energy efficient and long life LED lights have been fitted in both the tubes of the tunnel, including inter connecting tubes and common areas like approaches and exists, control room etc . Around 35 Close Circuit Television Cameras have been put in place inside both the tubes, diversion tubes and interconnecting tube with centralized viewing in the control room.

Chief Engineer added that a 750 KVA transformer has been fitted in the tunnel to ensure round the clock uninterrupted power supply . 

"In addition to this two 2 KVA UPS systems have been put in place inside the control room on both the sides which would ensure better change- over in the switch gear room and uninterrupted power supply in the control rooms," he said.

The Chief Engineer pointed out that five defective jet fans and two defective axial flow fans on the exit of both the tubes have been set right which according to him would clean the tunnels from smoke and dust coming out of the vehicles.

While spelling out the achievements of the project he said that the organization is maintaining and looking after over 1500 kms of road network of the state of the Jammu and Kashmir thereby connecting rural populace with the urban ones and ushering an era of development in the state.

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