The Aut tunnel in India is a nightmare for drivers

Located in India’s Himachal Pradesh state, the Aut Tunnel is one of the most dangerous tunnels in the world and has become very lethal for traffic coming from both sides. It’s dark inside as there are just a few bulbs, and there are no CCTV cameras or firefighting facilities.

Aut Tunnel

How long is the Aut Tunnel?

Located in the northern part of the country, the eerie tunnel, part of the NH3 road, spans 2.8 km (1.73 miles). Situated on the route from Aut to Khini, it is flanked by the Beas River on one side and numerous mountains on the other. It offers one of the most thrilling road experiences in India.

When was the Aut Tunnel built?

Inaugurated in 2006, it serves as the only gateway to Kullu-Manali, yet it's not safe for passengers at any stretch. With no road divider and many lights inside the tunnel not functioning, a large part of it remains ill-lit. Moreover, the lack of CCTV cameras, fire extinguishers, and communication mediums makes the tunnel a standing invitation to major disasters. The road is paved but often dusty, prompting the recommendation to keep car windows closed while crossing it. Long traffic jams are routine during the tourist season.

Is the Aut Tunnel dangerous?

Claimed to be the second longest road tunnel in the country, it has witnessed many accidents in the past. Most vehicles entering the narrow tunnel exceed the speed limit and attempt to overtake others. Due to low visibility inside the tunnel and its two internal turns, drivers often get confused when encountering vehicles from the opposite direction. Additionally, the road lacks speed breakers and is in a dilapidated condition. The lack of ventilation facilities also contributes to its reputation as one of the riskiest tunnels.
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