Indian Railways has recently completed the construction of a tunnel on the 111 km under-construction Banihal-Katra section of the Udhampur Srinagar Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) in Jammu and Kashmir.

This 12.89 kilometer long tunnel is known as India's longest 'escape tunnel'. Here are some important things you need to know about this longest escape tunnel of the country;

The tunnel has been constructed to facilitate rescue operations in case of emergency, railway officials informed adding that the track passes through the Ramban formation of the Himalayas and in addition, various tributaries of the Chenab river like Hingni, Khoda, Kundan Nala all cross the river. crosses. along with the alignment, which made drilling an extremely challenging task.

This is the fourth tunnel on the Banihal-Katra route; In January this year, the work of 12.75 kilometer long tunnel named T-49 was also completed. The New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM) constructed this tunnel using modern technology of blast and drill processes.

The horseshoe-shaped escape tunnel will connect Sumber station yard and tunnel T-50 on the south side. The height of the south end in Sumber is about 1400.5 m, while the north end is 1558.84 m.

Tunnel T-49 is a twin tube tunnel consisting of a main tunnel (12.75 km) and a tunnel connected by 33 cross-routes, according to the railways.

Banihal-Katra section has been built as part of the USBRL project and out of the total 272 km of the project, 161 km has already been commissioned and is operational.


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