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World’s Longest Bi-Lane Sela Tunnel: Several Facts About Sela Tunnel You Should Know

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In a historic moment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Bi-Lane Sela Tunnel, a milestone under the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative. This tunnel ensures year-round access to Tawang and China-bordering areas, promising transformative changes for Arunachal Pradesh. It marks a crucial step in enhancing regional connectivity. The Bi-Lane Sela Tunnel signifies progress and accessibility throughout the year.

 

Revolutionizing Connectivity At 13,000 Feet With Bi-Lane Sela Tunnel

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Constructed in the West Kameng district, the Bi-Lane Sela Tunnel holds the title of the world’s longest bi-lane tunnel. Perched at an altitude surpassing 13,000 feet, it is an engineering marvel. This tunnel guarantees all-weather connectivity between Assam and Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. It adeptly overcomes the challenges presented by harsh and extreme weather conditions.

 

Key Features

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Excavated below the formidable Sela Pass on NH-13, the tunnel comprises two sections. Tunnel 1 is a 980-meter-long single-tube marvel, while Tunnel 2 is an impressive twin-tube structure exceeding 1.5 kilometers. Thanks to the Border Roads Organisation’s (BRO) meticulous execution under Project Vartak, commuters will now bypass the perilous snow-covered Sela top at 13,700 feet.

 

Strategic Foundations And Rapid Progress Of Bi-Lane Sela Tunnel

Launched in February 2019 by Prime Minister Modi, the project, estimated at Rs. 697 crore, saw its first blast at Tunnel 2’s Portal 4 on October 31, 2019. Under the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative, the Bi-Lane exemplifies rapid construction and technological prowess. It promises to redefine travel and connectivity in the region.

 

Gateway To Tawang’s Timeless Beauty Connected By Bi-Lane Tunnel

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At 4,170 meters elevation, Sela Pass links Tawang Valley to India and is overseen year-round by the BRO. More than a geographical marvel, it symbolizes a lifeline, fostering access and opening the region for residents and explorers alike.

 

Strategic Implications

Once operational, the Bi-Lane Sela Tunnel becomes a game-changer for India’s defense capabilities. It provides year-round access to Tawang and other forward areas bordering China, significantly enhancing the strategic and operational readiness of the Indian Army. With its bi-lane design, the tunnel ensures swift troop movements, strengthening the country’s position along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

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