While addressing the people of Karga in Tandi panchayat of District Lahaul-Spiti today Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that it was due to the distant vision of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee that Atal Tunnel Rohtang was constructed which would bring transformation in development in Lahaul Valley.
Chief Minister said that with inauguration of Atal Tunnel Rohtang unprecedented development would be witnessed in Lahaul valley and initiate a new era of prosperity in the valley. He said that Atal Tunnel Rohtang not only symbolises development but was also a paradigm of technology for world.
He said that Atal Tunnel Rohtang has strategic importance and is also the entry point for Ladakh area.
Jai Ram Thakur said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be visiting Lahaul on 3rd October, 2020 to inaugurate the tunnel. He said the construction of the Tunnel would boost tourism and agricultural activities.
He directed the authorities to make special arrangements for the VVIP visits, keeping in view SOPs of the COVID-19.
Technical Education and Tribal Development Minister Ram Lal Markanda said that construction of the tunnel was a historic decision which would reduce the distance considerably and prove beneficial for the development of the tribal area of Lahaul-Spiti.
Member, Tribal Advisory Committee, Shamsher Singh presented demand charter to the Chief Minister and urged to encourage tourism and winter sports in the area.
Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.