North, south portals of Rohtang tunnel will have police stations
Himachal Pradesh Police has set up a five-member board to ensure the safety of the tunnel, which will be opened in September-endUpdated:
Shimla: The 8.8-km Rohtang tunnel that will be opened to traffic by September-end will have police stations at the north and south portals at Dhundi in Kullu district and at Sissu in Lahaul and Spiti district.
The Himachal Pradesh Police has set up a five-member board of officers to ensure the safety of the tunnel, which will shorten the distance between Manali and Leh by 46km. The tunnel is strategically important for the defence forces as it will provide all-weather connectivity to the frontier with China.
“Police need to prepare for providing round the clock security. To work out the requirement, a board of officers has been set up,” director general of police Sanjay Kundu said on Tuesday.
The board will visit Jawahar Tunnel in Banihal and the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Tunnel at Chenani-Nashri to study the security set-up of J&K Police. The board will submit its report by September 14.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to inaugurate the tunnel in September-end.
The board comprises Daljit Singh Thakur, inspector general, security; deputy inspector general of police, central range, Madhusudhan, Kullu superintendent of police Gaurav Singh, Lahaul and Spiti SP Rajesh Dharmani and a representative of the Intelligence Bureau.
“The best practices followed in similar road tunnel projects in the Swiss Alps, China, Japan and Pakistan may be studied in-depth and replicated when it is compatible to our needs. We should also learn from the good and bad experiences of tunnel traffic management systems of Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere,” Kundu said.
Close circuit cameras will be installed not only inside the tunnel but along the Manali-Leh axis.
Besides, the board will study the communication systems that could work inside the tunnel as cellular phones and ordinary wireless sets do not function in tunnels.
Contingency plans will be worked out for crash evacuation, trauma management and embedded firefighting systems; tunnel-related emergencies such as cave-ins, water bursting will be tested too.
The board would propose a unit with strength, gadgets and equipment that will function as a repository of all information and database related to vehicles, passengers besides scientific management of traffic.