Shimla, Nov 22: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday called on Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and urged him to expedite the construction work of all weather Rohtang tunnel and to ensure proper connectivity to the tribal district of Lahaul Spiti.
The Defence Minister assured Thakur that best efforts would be made to make the tunnel operational by May 2020.
The Chief Minister also requested him to explore possibilities to allow usage of tunnel by residents of Lahaul Spiti for transportation as the road route has been officially declared nonoperational by the administration due to heavy snow and the connectivity is cut-off between the state and the district.
He also requested improving the road condition and urged Rajnath to release funds for border roads as and where required.
The Union Minister promised to provide all possible assistance to the State and complimented Thakur for the maiden Global Investors' Meet held from November 7 to 8 in Dharamshala. (UNI)