Defence

‘Atal tunnel holds public, military and strategic importance’

A Kargil hero, Brigadier (retd) Khushal Thakur, who is currently Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the Himachal Pradesh Ex-Servicemen Corporation, on Tuesday said the Atal tunnel at Rohtang is significant not only for all-weather civilian movement, but also holds military and strategic importance, especially in view of the current conflict scenario on the border.

The tunnel through the tough terrain will connect the people of Lahaul valley in tribal Lahaul Spiti district to the rest of the state all through the year and is being inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 3 October. The people of Lahaul Spiti were otherwise cut off from the rest of the state due to snow on Rohtang Pass for five to six months.

The retired Brigadier from Mandi district had spearheaded the counter-attack at Tololing and Tiger Hills as Commanding Officer of 18 Grenadiers in Indian Army that dislodged the intruding Pakistani forces from formidable heights during Kargil war 21 years back.

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