Himachal Pradesh Police said on Wednesday that the foundation stone laid by Congress President Sonia Gandhi for the Rohtang Tunnel is safe with the company that built the tunnel.

The Congress’s Himachal Pradesh unit on Monday alleged that the foundation stone plaque laid by Sonia Gandhi for the tunnel a decade ago was removed ahead of the October 03 event in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to inaugurate it. This explanation is given by the police two days after this charge.

Kullu Superintendent of Police Gaurav Singh said that the Border Roads Organization had laid the plaque in the workshop of the tunneling company SAJV so that it could not get damaged during construction. Singh said that the Lahaul-Spiti police had received a complaint from the District Congress regarding the missing plaque and the complaint was referred to the Kullu police. He said that during investigation it was found that the plaque was safe and in the workshop.

Earlier in a letter to Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, State Congress President Kuldeep Singh Rathore said on Monday that Sonia Gandhi laid the foundation stone on 28 June 2010 in the presence of the then Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and Union Minister Virbhadra Singh.

The tunnel is named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He announced the project during a public meeting in Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti in June 2000. He laid the foundation of a contact route for the tunnel in 2002.

The Congress leader said that if the plaque was not installed within a fortnight, the party would launch a statewide agitation. In his two-page letter, the Himachal Congress chief said, “So far there has been no undemocratic, unconventional and illegal step in the history of Indian democracy that the foundation stone (plaque) validly laid for any project approved by the then government. ) Was removed after it was completed to meet the political goals of the particular ideology. ‘ 

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