Sela: Indian PM Narendra Modi inaugurates world’s longest twin-lane tunnel

Indian PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Sela Tunnel
Indian PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Sela Tunnel. Photo Courtesy: Kiren Rijiju X page 

Indian PM Narendra Modi virtually dedicated to the nation the Sela Tunnel project during the Viksit Bharat Viksit North East programme in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday (March 9, 2024), a structure that promises to provide all-weather connectivity and improve the ease of travel for the people of Tawang.

In his address, the Prime Minister voiced the Government’s unwavering commitment to the development of the Northeast region.

“Work on many tunnels is going on in the region,” he added.  

 The Prime Minister criticised the earlier neglect of the development of the border villages.

He reiterated his style of working as per the needs of the nation and not for electoral considerations.

He promised the defence personnel that he would come to meet them at this ‘engineering marvel’ in his next term.

Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party are eyeing to return to power for the third straight term as India is gearing up to vote in the national polls this year.

Some interesting facts about the tunnel

The Sela Tunnel has been constructed using the new Austrian Tunnelling Method and incorporates safety features of the highest standards.

The foundation stone of the tunnel was laid by the Prime Minister on February 09, 2019, and the construction commenced on April 01, 2019.

The tunnel has been completed in just five years overcoming challenges of difficult terrain and adverse weather conditions.

The tunnel has been constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) at an altitude of 13,000 feet on the road connecting Tezpur, Assam to Tawang in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.

Built at a total cost of Rs 825 crore, the tunnel will provide all-weather connectivity to Tawang across Sela Pass on the Balipara – Chariduar – Tawang Road, boosting the preparedness of the Armed Forces and augmenting the socio-economic development of the border region.