Atal Tunnel inaugurated!
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the strategically important, all-weather Atal Tunnel in Himachal Pradesh that connects Manali to the Lahaul-Spiti valley and reduces travel time to Leh (in the Union Territory of Ladakh) by up to five hours.
Describing the moment as a "historic day" and one that heralded the realisation of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's dream - the tunnel has been named after him - PM Modi said the tunnel would strengthen India's border infrastructure.
Reacting to Gujarat communal riots of 2002, Atal Bihari Vajpayee advised Narendra Modi at a press conference to follow "rajdharma". Sitting beside, Modi interjected to say that he was actually following the same rajdharma to which Vajpayee gave his nod saying, "yes he is doing that".
Cartoonist: Satish Acharya