Srinagar: After inaugurating the Chenani-Nashri tunnel on Srinagar-Jammu Highway, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday addressed a public rally in Udhampur district.
“Youth of Kashmir have a choice to select one of the two paths- one of tourism the other of terrorism,” Modi said while addressing an impressive gathering.
“Youth of Jammu and Kashmir worked very hard in the making of the Chenani – Nashri Tunnel. I congratulate them for this,” Modi said.
He added and said “While few elements in Kashmir are busy pelting stones we tried to change the future of Kashmir by cutting big stone and making tunnel out of it.”
Commenting on the prevailing situation in Kashmir, the Prime Minister said that the path of bloodshed has not helped any one and that it will never help anyone.
“The beauty of this land can draw so many people. Tourism will also bring economic growth,” Modi said.
He said that nine more tunnels will be developed in Jammu and Kashmir to connect it with the country and “hearts of the people”.
Earlier, the 9-km long ‘Chenani–Nashri Tunnel’, built at the cost of Rs 2,500 crore, was inaugurated by the Prime Minister in presence of Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
After the inauguration, Modi, travelled in an open jeep through the tunnel for some distance.