India Today, News18 Share Image of Tunnel in US as Atal Tunnel

The image is of the Devil’s Slide Tunnel in California which was inaugurated in 2013.

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Several media organisations and social media users started sharing an image of the Devils Slide Tunnel in California as that of the Atal Tunnel.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, 3 October, inaugurated the 9.2 kilometre long Atal Tunnel which connects Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley. However, soon after the inauguration by the Prime Minister, several media organisations and social media users started sharing an image of the Devil’s Slide Tunnel in California as that of the Atal Tunnel.

CLAIM

Media organisations like India Today, News18, Times Now Digital and websites like India Times and MensXp used the image to represent the newly inaugurated tunnel.

An archived version of the article can be accessed <a href="https://archive.is/yJtCZ">here</a>.
An archived version of the article can be accessed here.
(Source: India Today/Screenshot)
An archived version of the article can be accessed <a href="https://archive.is/EnZyr">here</a>.
An archived version of the article can be accessed here.
(Source: News18/Screenshot)
An archived version of the article can be accessed <a href="https://archive.is/s3cer">here</a>.
An archived version of the article can be accessed here.
(Source: Times Now/Screenshot)

The image was also shared on Twitter and Facebook by several users including BJP leader Narendra Kumar Chawla.

An archived version of the Tweet can be accessed <a href="https://archive.is/oalYB">here</a>.
An archived version of the Tweet can be accessed here.
(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)
An archived version of the post can be accessed <a href="https://archive.is/mLsHb">here</a>.
An archived version of the post can be accessed here.
(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

WHAT WE FOUND

A Google reverse image search helped us find the same image (taken from a different angle) posted on a California based company’s website.

India Today, News18 Share Image of  Tunnel in US as Atal Tunnel
Source: Inspection Services/Screenshot)

According to the description provided on the website, the image is of the Devil’s Slide By-Pass Tunnels constructed in 2012 in California.

Next, we searched Google for the terms “Devil’s Slide By-Pass Tunnels California” and came across several images of the tunnel. A website called cruiserstyle.com carried the aforementioned image in an article dated August 2012.

The blog titled ‘Inside The Devil’s Slide Tunnel’ carried several images of the tunnel.

India Today, News18 Share Image of  Tunnel in US as Atal Tunnel
(Source: cruiserclothing.com/Sreenshot)
The Devil’s Slide Tunnels also called the Tom Lantos Tunnels are two tunnels located on the San Francisco Peninsula in California, United States.

We also found a YouTube video showing the inauguration of the Devil’s Slide Tunnels.

Evidently, old image of a Tunnel in California is being shared as that of the Atal Tunnel inaugurated by the prime minister in Rohtang.

(With inputs from SM Hoax Slayer.)

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