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Sonia Gandhi Foundation Stone Goes “Missing” From Tunnel Opened By PM

The Congress says Sonia Gandhi laid the inspiration stone on the south portal on June 28, 2010.


The Congress in Himachal Pradesh has threatened to launch a protest towards the alleged removing of occasion chief Sonia Gandhi’s inaugural plaque from the Atal Tunnel within the state.

The strategically-important Atal Tunnel, that connects Manali to the Lahaul-Spiti valley and reduces journey time to Leh in Ladakh by as much as 5 hours, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 3.

The Congress leaders in Himachal Pradesh have alleged that the inspiration plaque bearing Ms Gandhi’s title was faraway from the tunnel forward of its inauguration.

State occasion president Kuldeep Singh Rathore has written to chief minister Jairam Thakur, warning of a protest.

“If the lacking basis stone shouldn’t be re-installed, Congress will maintain a state-wide agitation towards the federal government,” Mr Rathore wrote within the letter.

“This (eradicating the stone) is an undemocratic, unconventional and unlawful step ever,” he added within the letter.

The Congress mentioned Ms Gandhi had laid the inspiration stone for the Rohtang Tunnel challenge on the south portal on June 28, 2010, at Dhoondi in Manali.


Congress has alleged that the inspiration plaque bearing Sonia Gandhi’s title was faraway from the tunnel.

Two occasion leaders — Gialchhen Thakur and Hari Chand Sharma — have filed a police case in Keylong and Manali looking for investigations into how the inspiration stone went lacking.

Whereas inaugurating the tunnel earlier this month, PM Modi used the event to take a number of swipes on the Congress (though with out naming the opposition occasion), declaring that defence pursuits had been compromised below its rule.

The choice to assemble a strategic tunnel beneath the Rohtang Cross in Himachal was taken on June 3, 2000, when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was Prime Minister. The Union Cupboard determined in 2019 to call the Rohtang Tunnel as Atal Tunnel to honour the contribution made by the previous Prime Minister.

Described because the longest freeway building of its form on this planet, the 9.02 km-long Atal Tunnel is constructed to “ultra-modern specs” at an altitude of three,000 metres (10,000 ft) within the Pir Panjal vary of Himalayas.

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