Located in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state, the Aut is one of the most dangerous tunnels in the world and has become very lethal for traffic coming from both side. It’s dark inside as there are just a few bulbs. There are no CCTVs or fire fighting facilities.
The eerie tunnel, built on Chandigarh-Manali national highway at Aut, is 2.8km long. It’s the only gateway to Kullu-Manali and it’s not safe for passengers at any stretch. There is no road divider and as most of the lights inside the tunnel do not work, a large part of it remains ill lit. It’s one of the most thrilling road experiences in India. With non-availability of CCTV cameras, fire extinguishers and communication mediums, the tunnel is a standing invitation to major disasters.
It’s said to be the second longest road tunnel of the country and has witnessed many accidents in the past. Most of the vehicles once enter the narrow tunnel cross the speed limit and also overtake other vehicles. As the visibility inside tunnel is very low and tunnel has two internal turns, drivers generally get confused when suddenly another vehicle comes from opposite side.
The surface of the tunnel that cuts through an entire mountain is asphalt. The road does not have any speed breakers and is also in a dilapidated condition. It never seems to end. For, care has not been taken to ensure the safety of passengers crossing the tunnel. The Aut is considered one of the riskiest tunnels because of lack of ventilation facilities.
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