Q. Consider the following statements regarding Atal Tunnel:
1.It was built by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
2.It connects Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley throughout the year.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: B
Notes:

Explanation: The World’s longest Highway tunnel — Atal Tunnel (9.02 Km) has been built by Border Road Organization.

  • This tunnel connects Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley throughout the year. Earlier the valley was cut off for about 6 months each year owing to heavy snowfall.
  • The Tunnel is built with ultra-modern specifications in the Pir Panjal range of Himalayas at an altitude of 3000 metres from the Mean Sea Level (MSL).

Source: NCERT – India People & Economy