PM participates in ‘Abhar Samaroh’ at Sissu in Himachal Pradesh

Sissu, October 3, 2020: Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in ‘Abhar Samaroh’ at Sissu, Lahaul and Spiti, in Himachal Pradesh today.
The Prime Minister recalled going there when he used to work as a karyakarta, by traversing the long route through Rohtang, and the difficulties faced by people due to Rohtang Pass being closed in winters.
He also recalled his interactions with Thakur Sen Negi in those days.
He said that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was well aware of these difficulties, which was why he announced the tunnel in the year 2000.
The Prime Minister noted that through the 9 Km tunnel, a distance of about 45-46 Km has been reduced.
He underlined that the lives of the people of the region are about to change due to the transformative impact of the tunnel.
He said that the tunnel will prove beneficial for a spectrum of people of Lahaul-Spiti and Pangi, including the farmers, people associated with horticulture and animal rearing, students, businessmen etc.
It will prevent the farm produce of the region from getting ruined, by enabling it to reach markets quickly.
It will help Chandramukhi potatoes of the region reach new markets and new buyers.
The tunnel will also help herbal medicinal plants and spices grown in Lahaul-Spiti reach out and make a mark worldover for the region.
Further, the tunnel will negate the need of families venturing out for education of their kids, he noted.
The Prime Minister talked about the tremendous tourism potential of the region.
He said a new dimension is now going to be added to Lahaul-Spiti as a confluence of Dev Darshan and Buddha Darshan.
It will now become easier for people all over the world to access Tabo Monastery in Spiti Valley.
He remarked that the entire region will become a huge centre for Buddhists from East Asia and also from other countries across the world.
Increased tourism will also open up several employment opportunities for the youth, he said.

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