The Pir Panjal Railway Tunnel or Banihal
railway tunnel is a 11.215 km (7 mile) railway tunnel located in Pir Panjal Range
of middle Himalayas in Jammu
north of Banihal town.
Length and Elevation
The average elevation of the 11.215 km long railway tunnel is 1,760 m (5,770 ft) or about 440 m (1,440 ft) below the existing road tunnel, the Jawahar Tunnel
, which is at elevation of about 2,100 m (6,900 ft).It is India's longest and Asia
's third longest railway tunnel.The new 11.215 km (7 mile) long Banihal-Qazigund
tunnel for the Kashmir Railway line connecting Bichleri Valley of Banihal with Qazigund area of Kashmir Valley
has been constructed. The boring was completed in October 2011, its lining and laying of rail tracks was completed in the next one year and trial run commenced at the end of 2012.