Tunnels to be bored through Sela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh to reduce distance to China border

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will construct two tunnels through 4170-metre-high Sela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh, which would cut down the distance to China border.

PTI July 24, 2017 15:05:37 IST
Tunnels to be bored through Sela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh to reduce distance to China border

Itanagar: The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will construct two tunnels through 4170-metre-high Sela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh, which would cut down the distance to China border through Tawang by 10 kilometres.

"The tunnels would cut down at least an hour of travel time between the army’s 4 Corps headquarters at Tezpur and Tawang. Moreover, the tunnels would ensure that NH 13 and especially the 171 kilometres stretch between Bomdila and Tawang, remains accessible in all weather conditions," a BRO release said in Itanagar on Monday.

This is in keeping with India’s bid for faster access to the Tibet frontier through the tough terrain of the state in the Eastern Himalayas.

Tunnels to be bored through Sela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh to reduce distance to China border

Representational image. Reuters

RS Rao, the commander of the 42 Border Road Task Force under BRO’s Project Vartak has initiated formal requisition to West Kameng deputy commissioner (DC) Sonal Swaroop for acquisition of land for construction of Sela Tunnel, the release said.

The project constitutes widening of existing single lane road to NH double lane specifications from Baisaki and then taking off a greenfield alignment of length 12.37 kilometres.

It also includes construction of two tunnels of length 475 metres and 1790 metres each through Sela-Chabrela ridge meeting the existing Balipara-Chaudur-Tawang road on Nurarang side, it said.

The above alignment has been approved by the chief engineer of Project Vartak.

There is a shorter but less used road along the Bhutan border via Orang in Assam and Kalaktang in Arunachal Pradesh.

"Due to construction of tunnels across Sela pass the road length reduces by approximately 6.50 kilometres in addition obviates high altitude, steep gradient and hair pin bends on either side of Sela pass which, would bring relief to commuters as lot of hardships have to be faced in winter season due to snowfall at on Sela pass," the release said.

"Sela tunnel will add to the tourist potential of Tawang and attract more tourists making Tawang a more popular destination in north east region," it added.

"The new alignment of the road to Tawang involves 12. 37 kilometres and the construction of two tunnels to bypass Sela and a number of hairpin bends. The altitude of the new alignment will vary between 11,000 and 12,000 feet," Swaroop informed from Bomdila, the district headquarters.

"The survey for land acquisition will start after the monsoon," she added.

The BRO, which manages the roads across India’s borders, has completed technical details of the proposed tunnels.

They would be a boon to the Indian army troops in winters when heavy snowfall hinders connectivity on roads.

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