While the tribals in Lahaul-Spiti district are eagerly waiting for completion of the strategically important Rohtang tunnel as its opening would boost tourism activity in the snowbound area, authorities are apprehensive about timely completion of the project. The project was planned to be completed by 2015, but officials now believe it may not be possible to do so before 2016.
Chief engineer of Rohtang tunnel project, S P Sharma, while attending a meeting with Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh and Union surface transport minister Oscar Fernandes in Shimla said work was delayed due to hard rock strata, seepage of water and falling debris. He said the project may not be completed as proposed, but all efforts would be made to provide connectivity by 2016.
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