Govt expedites ₹700-cr Sela tunnel in Arunachal
The Sela tunnel project in China-bordering Arunachal Pradesh that will allow faster deployment of weapons and soldiers to forward areas in the Tawang sector has been fast tracked as the mega project got delayed due to a prolonged winter that slowed down construction activity and is now expected to be completed by the end of this year. The project, which entailed an investment of ₹700-crore, was earlier slated for commissioning by June 2022. The Sela tunnel will be the longest twin-lane tunnel above 13,000 feet in the world, and will cut down travel time to Tawang by at least one hour as well as provide all-weather connectivity and the Prime Minister laid the foundation of the project in 2019. The project consists of Tunnel 1, which is 980 metres long, and Tunnel 2, a 1,555-metre twin tube tunnel. The tunnels are coming up through two ridges west of Sela and the project also includes the construction of two roads, measuring seven km and 1.3 km. Tunnel 2 has one bi-lane tube for traffic and one escape tube for emergencies. Only tunnels longer than 1,500 metres have to have an escape passage alongside. In fact, winter connectivity to Tawang over the 14,000-foot pass, Sela, posed a logistics challenge for the army for decades, with the movement of men, weapons and stores severely affected for at least three to four months, as previously reported. The Sela tunnel is a part of the Balipara-Charduar-Tawang road, one of the key strategic projects near the Chinese border and once ready, the road will remain open for 12 months of the year and will allow speedy military deployment for the reserves and the population will no longer get cut off from the mainland.
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PM Modi to Inaugurate Ambitious Railway Infrastructure Projects
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Saint-Gobain Joins Build Ahead to Advance Sustainable Const in India
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Patel Engineering Wins ₹525.36 Cr Irrigation Project in Telangana
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Japan Commits ₹12,814Cr Loan for 9 Infrastructure Projects in India
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AM/NS India Appoints Arvind Bodhankar as Chief Sustainability Officer
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Waterways Development Projects Worth ₹308 Cr Launched in North East
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Part of Regional Ring Road in Telangana Declared National Highway
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Prime Minister Unveils ₹32,000 Cr Development Projects in Jammu
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Tamil Nadu Govt Allocates ₹2,500 Cr for Upgradation of Roads
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PM Modi to Lay Foundation for Infrastructure Projects in Varanasi
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Government Focuses on Building Wider Highways & Expressways
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PM Modi Launches Projects Worth ₹10 Lakh Cr in Uttar Pradesh
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Delhi Government Approves MoU for Phase-IV Metro Corridors
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Railways Sanctions Rail-cum-Road Bridge Over Brahmaputra in Guwahati
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Union Minister Announces Massive Investments in North East India
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Atlas Copco India wins Energy Efficiency Manufacturing Excellence Award
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Construction of 4-Lane and Above Highways Hits Record High
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