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Sela tunnel

Date: 20 May 2022 Tags: Infrastructure

Issue

Arunachal Pradesh’s strategically located Sela tunnel project is nearing completion after a final blast was carried out.

 

Details

  • The Sela tunnel is a part of the Balipara-Charduar-Tawang road, which is one of the key strategic projects near the Chinese border.

  • The project involves construction of two tunnels and a link road, undertaken by Border Roads Organisation.

  • Tunnel 1 will be 980 metres long consisting of a single-tube, tunnel 2 will be 1,555 metres with one bi-lane tube for traffic and one escape tube for emergencies.

  • The total length of the project, including the tunnels, the approach and the link roads, will be around 12 km. The estimated cost is 700 crore.

 

Location

The project is located in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. The tunnel project will provide an alternate route through the Sela pass.

 

Significance

  • The tunnel will provide all-weather connectivity to Tawang and Line of Actual Control with China. 

  • It will enable movement of military and civil vehicles all through the year. During winters, Sela pass is closed.

  • It will reduce more than one hour of travel time from Tezpur to Tawang.

 

Progress of project

The project is close to completion. Majority of excavation in both tunnels have been wrapped up. Related infrastructure such as access road is under construction.

 

Sela pass

Sela pass is located in Arunachal Pradesh and connects Tawang with rest of the country. It is critical for protecting frontier areas.

 

BRO
BRO is an organization under Ministry of Defence that develops and maintains road networks in India's border areas and friendly neighboring countries.