Manali: PM Narendra Modi today addressed a public meeting at Solang Nallah near Manali after dedicating the Atal Tunnel Rohtang at South Portal, Manali. Union Raksha Mantri Raj Nath Singh also addressed the public gathering at Solang Nallah. Speaking on the occasion, CM Jai Ram Thakur welcomed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh and thanked them for dedication of Atal Tunnel Rohtang to the Nation.
CM said that dedication of Atal Tunnel Rohtang has ushered a new era of development in Himachal Pradesh and given a new identity to the region. It has given all weather connectivity to Lahaul valley and made movement easy in both Manali and Lahaul valleys, which would prove a milestone in the development of tourism in the State. Jai Ram Thakur while remembering the past reminded Prime Minister Narendra Modi of his paragliding escapades in the late nineties. He said that Solang Nallah has emerged as one of the favourite tourist destinations in the past few years. Dedication of Atal Tunnel Rohtang by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on this historic day will boost tourism activities in the area and strengthen the economy of the State, he added.
CM Jai Ram said that even in the wake of Covid-19, the Prime Minister made an effort to visit Himachal Pradesh personally to dedicate this tunnel to the nation, which simply showed his love and affection for Himachal Pradesh and its people. He said that Covid-19 prevented us in organizing an impressive function, which could have been attended by the people from across the State but all arrangements have been made to telecast this programme live in all 3226 gram panchayats of the State.