Jaipur: Jaipur on Saturday got a safer alternative to its accident-prone connector to NH-11 with the inauguration of Ghat Ki Guni twin-tube tunnel by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in the presence of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
With a combined length of 2,800 metres, the twin-tube tunnel, bored through Jhalana hills at a cost of Rs 150 crore, would help ease traffic congestion on the existing connector and systematize vehicular flow at the Eastern Gateway of the city.
Before this, vehicles had no option but to pass through a narrow passage at Ghat Ki Guni, leading to massive traffic jams on the accident-prone two km serpentine road which rose in a steep slope towards the National Highway 11 to Agra.
After the inauguration of the twin-tunnel near Jawahar nagar bypass, Rajasthan Urban Development and Housing Minister Shanti Dhariwal said that that the project would prove to be a milestone.
"Rahul Gandhi during his visit in the past had said that he wants Jaipur to be a world class city and this project is a step forward in this direction," Dhariwal told reporters.
He said that the tunnel project was an ambitious project of the government which got completed in time. After the departure of VVIPs, the tunnel was opened for public.
The PM and the UPA chairperson were also scheduled to inaugurate two other infrastructure projects – a parking near walled city and one underpass- during their stay here but the inauguration of both these projects was cancelled.