Shimla : Even as the double lane Dhalli tunnel work is underway in Shimla the Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur today laid the foundation of the 49 crore project.
The old tunnel was constructed way back in 1852 and the new 147 meter new double lane tunnel will provide much needed relief to the commuters.
Shimla town has grown and expanded manifold and thus it was important that steps be taken for effective traffic management.
The project is being constructed under the Smart City Project.
Jai Ram said although the project started in 2016, but it gained momentum during the tenure of the present government. He said that Rs 70 crore water supply scheme for Shimla town was completed within a record time of year to ensure that water crisis of the town was solved.
He said that Rs 1813 crore new water supply project for the town was being executed, which on completion would solve the water problem of the town for next 100 years.
Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said the new tunnel will help in smooth plying of vehicle on this major National Highway. This tunnel connects Kasumpti and Shimla Urban Vidhan Sabha areas of Shimla district.