It has been only 3 days since PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the world’s longest highway tunnel—Atal Rohtang Tunnel in Himachal and three accidents have already been reported.
Authorities have blamed reckless and negligent driving by the 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 an stopped midway to click selfies.
Three accidents were reported in a single day after the tunnel was inaugurated by the Prime Minister on October 3. Showing a complete disregard for traffic rules, tourists, and motorists have been clicking selfies while riding, Brigadier KP Purushothaman, BRO Chief Engineer, Atal Tunnel said.
He further 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. No casualties or serious injuries have been reported so far.