Manali: Three Accidents by combining Selfies with Reckless Driving while zooming through the 9.02-km long horseshoe-shaped Atal Tunnel, the world`s longest motorable tunnel, in Himachal Pradesh. It has been only 3 days since PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the world’s longest highway tunnel.
Authorities have blamed reckless and negligent driving by tourists for the accidents and over-speeding and racing in the newly opened tunnel. Some did not adhere to the speed limit of 80km/hr, while others stopped midway to click selfies.
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), a wing of the Defence Ministry that excavated the tunnel at an altitude of 3,000 m or 10,000 feet with sheer hard work and determination in a decade, on Monday blamed the local authorities for not deploying the police to monitor the movement of motorists.
BRO Chief Engineer said the CCTVs recorded that a few motorists stopped their vehicles midway while crossing the tunnel to take selfies.No one is allowed to stop the vehicle midway and no overtaking is allowed despite the tunnel being double-lane, Purushothaman added.