BRO To Construct Tunnels to Minimize distance to China Border

Indian Army

Taking under consideration the Chinas famous invasions over North Eastern Indian Borders lately, BRO aka Border Road Organization has decided over a project which includes two huge tunnels that will pass through the Sela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh.

Sela Pass

The high altitude Sela pass is situated on the mountain border in between districts of Arunachal Pradesh, namely Tawang and West Kameng. BRO has planned to construct two tunnels through 13700 FT high Sela Pass in order to help minimize the distance by 10 Km towards China border through Tawang.

The travel distance that will be minimized by this project is estimated to 1 hour between the Army’s 4 Corps headquarters at Tezpur and Tawang. The tunnels will also help keep NH13, basically 171 km stretch which is between Bomdila and Tawang accessible during all the climatic conditions.

The two tunnels will measure 475 m and 1.79 km respectively. These tunnels will bypass Sela and a lot of difficult path bends and the altitude will drop down to 11,000 and 12000 ft.

All these efforts will lead India to reach the Tibetian frontier faster by challenging all the tough terrains of the East Himalayan State.

Tawang Monastery- Source Wikipedia

The project will be a great boon for the Indian Army because the weather conditions become worse during winters and the snowfall blocks the roads. It will also help attract tourists to this place and help government by increased revenues of tourism, and also increase employment opportunities for the locals. 42 BRTF commander RS Rao handing over request for land acquisition for tunnels to West Kameng deputy commissioner Sonal Swaroop


The Commander RS Rao of the 42 Border Road Task Force, which works under BRO Project Vartak, met Deputy Commissioner Sonal Swaroop of West Kameng and handed over the approved alignment plan copy to her on 20th July 2017.

We have also submitted to the DC a request for initiating land acquisition proceedings so that construction of the tunnels can be taken up on priority,” Rao said while talking to HTThe tunnels, a BRO spokesperson said, would help shave 6.5 km off the 496 km road from Guwahati to Tawang via Bhalukpong on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. Vehicles can move faster when the road widening work under way is done, he added.

The survey for acquisition of land for the tunnel will be started after monsoon, confirmed by Deputy Commissioner Sonal Swaroop.

Because most of the land is owned by the community in Arunachal Pradesh, the land acquiring process becomes complicated for government projects. Sela is a thinly populated area.

West Kameng and Tawang districts villagers are to be entitled for the compensation against the tunnels, whereas Sela is the boundary between the two districts.

The overall project will help the Indian Army secure the places more efficiently with reduced difficulty levels and also help the civilians to travel through the difficult routes faster.

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