Inauguration of Sela Tunnel by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

NewsInauguration of Sela Tunnel by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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On Saturday, PM Narendra Modi will begin a day-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh, where he will officially open the Sela Tunnel, the longest twin-lane tunnel in the world. The world’s longest twin-lane tunnel, the Sela Tunnel, will be opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday when he begins a day-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh. Because the PM will be taking part in the Viksit Bharat Viksit North East program, the inauguration ceremony will take place in Itanagar at approximately 10:30 a.m. In addition, PM Modi will introduce a number of other state-wide development initiatives, such as the Rs 10,000 crore UNNATI program.

The Border Roads Organization (BRO) built the Rs 825 crore Sela Tunnel, which is located at an elevation of 13,000 feet. There are two tunnels consisting of this project Tunnel 2 is a 1595-meter twin-tube tunnel, and Tunnel 1 is 1003 meters long. Additionally, two 8.6-kilometer roads are part of the project. With a maximum speed of 80 kmph, the tunnel is intended to handle 2000 trucks and 3000 cars per day.

The tunnel is important because it will connect Tawang, which borders China, to the rest of the world in any weather. Additionally, it will save at least an hour’s worth of travel for Tawang, enabling the quicker deployment of troops, equipment, and weapons to forward areas close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC). 

The tunnel, which is close to Sela Pass, was necessary because snowfall and landslides brought on by intense rains cause the Balipara-Chariduar-Tawang road to remain closed for a significant portion of the year.

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It is believed that the Sela Tunnel projects will advance both the socioeconomic development of the area and the nation’s defense readiness. PM Modi laid the project’s foundation in February 2019, but the COVID-19 pandemic was one of the many reasons why the work was delayed. The project’s foundation was in February 2019, but the COVID-19 pandemic was one of the reasons why the work was delayed. The project’s completion has not drawn attention to India’s rush for border infrastructure intended to close the gap with China. 

The 1003-meter-long Tunnel 1 and the 1595-meter-long Tube Tunnel comprise the Sela projects. West of Sela, the tunnels have emerged through two ridges. Additionally, two 8.6-kilometer roads are part of the project. There is one escape tube for emergencies and one bi-lane tube for traffic in Tunnel 2. Only tunnels that are longer than 1500 meters have shifted to India’s border infrastructure push to close the gap with China, which has accelerated the development of its forward areas. Modi laid the foundation stone for the tunnel in February 2019. Over the last three years, BRO has completed 330 infrastructure enhancements at a cost of Rs 8,737 crore, greatly enhancing the strategic mobility of the Indian armed forces along the disputed border with China.

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