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News at 9: World longest tunnel to connect Germany and Denmark, Eiffel Tower to go dark earlier to save energy

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News at 9: World longest tunnel to connect Germany and Denmark, Eiffel Tower to go dark earlier to save energy

Denmark and Germany now building the world’s longest immersed tunnel, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Versailles to turn off lights early to save energy and more in top stories of the day.

Denmark and Germany now building the world’s longest immersed tunnel

Descending up to 40 meters beneath the Baltic Sea, the world’s longest immersed tunnel will link Denmark and Germany, slashing journey times between the two countries when it opens in 2029.

After more than a decade of planning, construction started on the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel in 2020 and in the months since a temporary harbor has been completed on the Danish side. It will host the factory that will soon build the 89 massive concrete sections that will make up the tunnel. It will be built across the Fehmarn Belt, a strait between the German island of Fehmarn and the Danish island of Lolland, and is designed as an alternative to the current ferry service from Rødby and Puttgarden, which carries millions of passengers every year. Where the crossing now takes 45 minutes by ferry, it will take just seven minutes by train and 10 minutes by car.

Eiffel Tower to go dark earlier to save energy

Starting September 23, 2022, Paris will switch off the Eiffel Tower’s lights an hour earlier than normal, lower the water temperature in municipal pools and delay heating public buildings to save energy this winter.

The Eiffel Tower is currently illuminated until 1 a.m. by a lighting system that lends it a golden glow. At the top of each hour while lit, it twinkles thanks to 20,000 flashing bulbs. Extinguishing the monument’s lights at 11:45 p.m. would mean a 4% reduction in its power consumption. Other measures will be more impactful. Heating in city-managed buildings will be lowered from 19 to 18 degrees Celsius, except in nurseries and care homes for the elderly.

India-Bhutan border gates set to reopen from September 23

India-Bhutan border gates at Samdrup Jongkhar and Gelephu along the Assam frontier will reopen for tourists from September 23. This move comes after a hiatus of 2.5 years, the first time after COVID-19 pandemic hit the world.

As regarding tour packages, Bhutan has planned eco-tourism, bird-watching and other packages for visitors. To ensure travellers enjoy seamless travel, a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has also been chalked out. It was also informed that visitors who plan to halt the night and travel beyond the designated points, will be charged INR 1200.

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