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Defense Minister conducted the last successful blast of Sela Tunnel in Arunachal. India News – Times of India

New Delhi: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh The last successful explosion of the Sela Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh virtually carried out and flagged off BRO’s 20,000 km long motorcycle expedition on Thursday.
The Virtual Breakthrough Blast and Flag-off was conducted by the Minister at the National War Memorial.
Singh said the Sela Tunnel would be the world’s largest two-lane tunnel at an altitude of over 13,000 feet. He also appreciated the work done by the Border Roads Organization (BRO) while handling this project.
He said that the tunnel would not only strengthen the national security but would also enhance the transport facilities for the local people and consequently boost their socio-economic status.
This tunnel made of state-of-the-art facilities will not only prove to be a lifeline for the people. Tawang, but the entire Arunachal Pradesh state,” Singh said.
tunnel passes sela pass And it is expected that the distance through Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh to the China border will be reduced by 10 km. The construction work of the tunnel is expected to be completed by June 2022.
The Defense Minister said, “Successful blasting of Sela Main Tunnel shows your (BRO’s) hard work and commitment towards the country’s security and socio-economic development.”
He also flagged off the motorcycle campaign of BRO.
Singh said 75 BRO and Army personnel will participate in the motorbike campaign, which will cover a distance of 20,000 kms passing through several states and Federation Territories.
The Sela tunnel will cut the travel time between the Army’s 4 Corps headquarters at Tezpur and Tawang in Assam by at least an hour.
In addition, it will ensure that National Highway 13, especially the 171 km stretch between Bomdila and Tawang, remains accessible in all weather.
Former Union Finance Minister in the budget of 2018-19 Arun Jaitley had announced the Centre’s plan to build a tunnel through the Sela Pass, located at an altitude of 13,700 feet, which would ensure faster movement of troops to Tawang, a strategically located district bordering China.


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