Rajnath in Manali, critiques preparations


Abhinav Vashisht

Kullu, October 2

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrived at Manali today and reviewed the preparations for the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the inauguration of the Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, tomorrow. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur welcomed the Defence Minister at the SASE helipad.

PM to address public meetings

  • PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive at the SASE helipad in Manali and inaugurate the Atal Tunnel at 10 am
  • He will address public at Sissu in Lahaul and Spiti district at noon and at Solang at 1.15 pm
  • Only 200 persons will be allowed to attend the public meetings in the wake of the Covid outbreak.

Govind Thakur said that Rajnath inspected the north portal of the tunnel. The Director General of Border Roads Organisation (BRO), Lieut-Gen Harpal Singh, briefed the Defence Minister about the project and the preparations for Modi’s visit. Later, Rajnath inspected the public meeting venue at the Solang Nullah, near Manali. Senior government officers outlined various arrangements made for the public meetings at the Solang Nullah and Sissu in Lahaul.

Nadda to skip event

Shimla: BJP national president JP Nadda will not attend the Atal Tunnel inauguration due to his preoccupation with the Bihar Assembly elections. TNS

Govind Singh said that the tunnel was a valuable gift for the state and the nation. It would prove to be a milestone in protecting the country’s pride, growth of tourism and promoting cultural exchange. He added that there was a wave of happiness among the residents of Kullu and Lahaul due to the Prime Minister’s visit.

The Chief Minister said, “The Atal Tunnel is an important achievement for the nation from the strategic point of view. It will go a long way in transforming the economy of the people of Lahaul and Spiti district and even of some areas of Pangi in Chamba district. The tunnel will open new opportunities in the field of agriculture, tourism and horticulture sectors”. He added that the inauguration event though a historic occasion would be subdued due to the Covid pandemic.



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