Published: Mon, April 03, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Youth of Kashmir need to choose between tourism and terrorism: Modi

Youth of Kashmir need to choose between tourism and terrorism: Modi

The structure consists of a 9 km long, two-laned main tunnel with a parallel escape tunnel of same length. Prime Minister Modi will also address a public rally at Battal Ballian in Udhampur district after inaugurating the tunnel.

Stressing on the state's tourism potential and ability to boost the country's per capita income, Modi asked the people of the Valley to work shoulder to shoulder with the government to change the fortunes of the state.

The Chenani-Nashri Tunnel is a single-tube bi-directional tunnel with a 9.35-metre carriageway and a vertical clearance of 5 metres.

Modi used the occasion to tell the stone-pelters of the valley that stones can be used for better purposes - building infrastructure.

"If the youth ignore the invaluable tradition of Sufi culture, they would lose the present and put their future into darkness".

"Every Indian wants to see Jammu and Kashmir".

Most people in India-controlled Kashmir favour the region's independence or a merger with Pakistan, which also administers a part of Kashmir across a heavily militarised de facto border through the mountains.

The message was clearly for the youth who indulge in stone-pelting in the Kashmir valley, a trend that is growing.

"I want to tell the youth of the Valley, you have two paths which can decide your fate".

"For 40 years terrorism gave you nothing but bloodshed, deaths and destruction". On one side, youth in Kashmir throwing stone.

Modi said the tunnel will also help preserve the ecology of J&K.

"To ensure smooth travel and safety of commuters, the ABB has designed, engineered and supplied low harmonics variable speed drive (VSD) system for tunnel ventilation", he said. According to authorities security measures for the tunnel are so strong that terrorist won't be able to enter the tunnel.

Where seldom vehicles are plying on the roads, all shops business establishments remain to be closed.

Armed encounters between security forces and rebels fighting to end Indian rule over Kashmir have become more frequent since massive protests previous year, sparked by the killing in July of a popular militant leader. It will, he said, preserve the ecology of the Himalayas and benefit farmers who can sell their crops to markets in other states without delay caused by the blockade of the highway due to landslides.

Complete shutdown was observed in Indian-occupied Kashmir on Sunday against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the territory. "We will continue taking one step after another in this direction and no hurdle can stop us", he said in apparent reference to separatists and mainstream opposition, besides Pakistan.

"This bloody game could not do any good to anyone during the last forty years", he said.

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