PM Modi to inaugurate Sela Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh on March 9

The tunnel once commissioned will provide all-weather thoroughfares for the people of Tawang of Arunachal Pradesh, the tourists visiting as well as the armed forces.

PM Modi to inaugurate Sela Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh on March 9

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to embark on a day-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh on March 9 to inaugurate several development projects including the Sela Tunnel in Tawang district.

The Sela Tunnel project comprises two tunnels - Tunnel 1, which is a 980-meter-long single-tube tunnel, and Tunnel 2, which is a more than 1.5-km-long twin-tube tunnel. It is expected to be the world’s longest bilane tunnel at an altitude above 13,000 feet.

The tunnel once commissioned will provide all-weather thoroughfares for the people of Tawang of Arunachal Pradesh, the tourists visiting as well as the armed forces.

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The Sela Tunnel is 400 meters below the Sela Pass and once the tunnel is completed, it will be accessible even in winter and it will boost not just infrastructure in the area but tourism as well. The foundation stone of the Sela Tunnel was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 9, 2019, and its construction commenced on April 1, 2019.

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Sela Tunnel is an under-construction road tunnel at 3,000 meters, which will ensure all-weather connectivity between Guwahati in Assam and Tawang in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. This tunnel will be the longest bilane tunnel in the world at 13,000 feet.

The strategic tunnel is being constructed by the Border Road Organisation under Project Vartak. It will enhance the Indian military’s capabilities in combating the threat of China’s Western Theater Command opposite India’s eastern sector of the Line of Actual Control.

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