Sela Tunnel will be a lifeline providing all weather connectivity to Tawang facilitating defence and civilian traffic
NEW DELHI, Jan 22 (The CONNECT) - The final blast for the 980-metre long Rs 700-crore Sela Tunnel was conducted by Director General Border Roads (DGBR) Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhry through an e-ceremony from the national capital yesterday.
This marks the culmination of the excavation works on the complete Sela Tunnel Project which the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has done amidst inclement weather and heavy snowfall.
The Sela Tunnel Project is located in the West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh. Once completed, it will be a lifeline as it will provide all weather connectivity to Tawang facilitating defence and civilian traffic. It will reduce the travel time to Tawang by an hour and boost tourism and related economic activities in the region.
The project comprises of Tunnel 1, which is a 980 m long single tube tunnel and Tunnel 2, which is a 1555 m long twin tube tunnel. Tunnel 2 has one bi-lane tube for traffic and one escape tube for emergencies. It will also be one of the longest tunnels to have been constructed above altitude of 13,000 feet. The project also includes construction of an approach road of seven kilometres to Tunnel 1, which takes off from BCT Road and a link road of 1.3 kilometres, which connects Tunnel 1 to Tunnel 2.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done the foundation stone ceremony of the Sela Tunnel Project in 2019. On January 15, 2021, after the first blast was conducted by the DGBR, excavation work on Tunnel 1 commenced. Thereafter, on October 14 2021, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh observed the breakthrough blast of the 1,555-meter Tunnel 2, through an e-ceremony from India Gate, marking the end of excavation on Tunnel 2.
Late Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced the Sela Tunnel project in his Budget for 2019 in order to enhance connectivity in border areas,