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Sela Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh

  • Published
    19th May, 2022
Context

The strategically-significant Sela Tunnel project in Arunachal Pradesh is nearing completion.

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About Sela Tunnel project:

  • The project, being executed by the Border Roads Organisation, includes two tunnels and a link road.
  • While Tunnel 1 will be 980 metres long single-tube, Tunnel 2 will be 1,555 metres with one bi-lane tube for traffic and one escape tube for emergencies running alongside.
  • The link road between the two tunnels will be 1,200 metres.
  • Tunnel 2 will be one of the longest tunnels to have been constructed above an altitude of over 13,000 feet.
  • The total length of the project, including the tunnels, the approach and the link roads, will be around 12 km.

Where is it being constructed?

  • Located in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, the tunnel project will provide an alternate axis to the Sela pass, which is at 13,700 feet.
  • It will be on the BCT Road – the Balipara, Charduar and Tawang axis, which is more than 300 km long.

Importance of the tunnel:

  • All-weather connectivity to Tawang and other forward areas in the sector will be the most important advantage that the project promises.
  • At the moment, Sela pass stays closed for a few winter months.
  • The project will provide a new alignment on the axis towards the LAC, and allow movement of military and civil vehicles all through the year.
  • It will strengthen national security.
  • This tunnel will work to strengthen the socio-economic condition of the citizens by bringing a big change in the transport facility of the local population.

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