Itanagar, April 03: The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is working on the construction of the strategic Sela Pass tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh despite facing extremely low temperatures that affect both manpower and machinery. The project is progressing at a fast pace and the authorities are aiming to open it by June 2023.
The Sela Pass tunnel is a crucial connection in the state of Arunachal Pradesh and its construction is seen as a significant step towards improving connectivity in the region. Once completed, the tunnel will provide all-weather access to Tawang, one of the most remote and beautiful districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
The tunnel will reduce travel time from Tezpur to Tawang by more than an hour, making it easier for people to travel to and from the area.
The project has been divided into three parts – a 12.37 km stretch, a 475-meter long approach road, and a 10.4 km stretch. The tunnel will be a two-lane, bi-directional passageway with an estimated cost of INR 687 crore. The tunnel will also have a parallel escape tunnel for emergencies.
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The construction of the tunnel is a challenging task due to the harsh terrain and extreme climatic conditions. The area is prone to landslides and avalanches and the BRO has had to overcome several challenges to ensure that the project stays on track. Despite these challenges, the BRO has been working tirelessly to ensure that the project is completed on time.
The tunnel will not only improve connectivity but will also boost the economy of the region by enabling easier transportation of goods and services. It will also provide better access to the army in the area, which will help them carry out their operations more effectively.
The completion of the Sela Pass tunnel is a significant step towards improving the connectivity and economy of Arunachal Pradesh. The BRO’s efforts to overcome challenges and ensure the timely completion of the project are commendable. Once completed, the tunnel will be a landmark achievement for the BRO and a boon for the people of Arunachal Pradesh.