The Central government has renamed the Chenani-Nashri tunnel road, the longest in India, after Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee. Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari in Presence of Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh and others in a simple function on 24 October, 2019 in New Delhi renamed the longest in India through video conferencing.
For the first time, a monumental project named after Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee, who was arrested while entering Udhampur at Lakhanpur on 11th May 1953. Later, he was driven through this National Highway to be lodged as detenue at Srinagar.
Earlier, Shri Nitin Gadkari announced the decision saying that “Mookerjee’s struggle for “one nation, one flag” has contributed to “national integration”. “Historic! Chenani-Nashri Tunnel on NH 44, in Jammu and Kashmir, to be named after Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookerjee. This is our humble homage to Shyama Prasad Ji whose battle for Kashmir, One Nation One Flag has immensely contributed in national integration”.
Udhampur MP and Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh had proposed the name change.
“In response to a proposal moved by me as the MP from the area, Ministry of MORTH has announced the naming of Chenani-Nashri tunnel after Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee. Thanks Respected PM Shri Narendra Modi ji. Thanks respected Shri Nitin Gadkari ji,” Dr. Singhhe tweeted.