Sela Main Tunnel

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    • In a major milestone in providing all-weather connectivity to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh close to the border with China, the BRO carried out the breakthrough blast of the main tube of the Sela tunnel which marks the completion of the excavation process.

    Sela Main Tunnel

    • About:
      • The foundation stone for the Sela tunnel was laid by Prime Minister on February 09, 2019.
      • It will provide connectivity between Guwahati in Assam and Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh through the Balipara-Chariduar-Tawang Road
      • It is being constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) under Project Vartak.
      • This tunnel is constructed using the latest New Austrian Tunneling Method is much below the snow line allowing all-weather travel without the challenges of snow clearance.
    • Significance:
      • It will reduce the distance and travel time, ensure speedier movement across the Sela Pass and ensure connectivity even during winter.
      • It will strengthen national security.
    • This tunnel will work to strengthen the socio-economic condition of the citizens by bringing a big change in the transport facility of the local population. 

    Source: TH