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Sela Tunnel Inaugurated by the PM in Arunachal Pradesh

Sela Tunnel Inaugurated by the PM in Arunachal Pradesh

PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the Sela Tunnel project in Arunachal Pradesh Today. The tunnel will enhance connectivity between Tezpur and Tawang.

The Prime Minister’s Assam visit extends into Saturday afternoon with a packed schedule. He’s set to travel to Jorhat where a grand ceremony awaits. The highlight will be the inauguration of a towering 125-foot statue honouring the legendary Ahom general Lachit Borphukan. This tribute marks a significant moment for the state, commemorating a revered figure in Assamese history.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for numerous projects across six northeastern states, collectively worth nearly Rs. 55,000 crore. The event took place in the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar.

The event was attended by Chief Minister Pema Khand, Governor KT Parnaik, and Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, who represents the West Arunachal seat in Lok Sabha.

Among the projects unveiled is the strategically significant Sela Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh, constructed by the Border Roads Organisation for Rs. 825 crore. This tunnel holds the distinction of being the world’s longest twin-lane tunnel built at an altitude exceeding 13,000 feet.

Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the Sela Tunnel by ceremonially flagging off an Arunachal Pradesh State Transport bus that traversed through it.

“Construction of the Sela Tunnel could have commenced earlier. However, the priorities and mindset of the Congress were different. They questioned the necessity of investing such substantial funds in an area like Arunachal Pradesh, which only has two parliamentary seats. Unlike the Congress, my approach isn’t dictated by the number of parliamentary members. My focus remains on addressing the nation’s needs,” remarked Prime Minister Modi.

The newly inaugurated tunnel will significantly enhance the movement of soldiers, equipment, and heavy vehicles to the forward areas near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Tawang sector. The Sela project comprises Tunnel 1, measuring 1,003 meters in length, and Tunnel 2, a twin-tube tunnel stretching 1,595 meters.

During a public address in Itanagar, the Prime Minister attributed the lack of focus on the development of northeastern regions to previous Congress governments.

“In the past, when attention should have been directed towards modernizing infrastructure along our borders, the Congress government was preoccupied with corruption. By neglecting the development of our border areas and villages, Congress endangered the security of the nation,” remarked Modi.

“Congress’s approach of keeping our army weak and denying basic facilities to our people reflects their policies and ideals,” he added.

Modi highlighted that the level of investment his government has directed towards the development of the northeast over the past five years is nearly four times greater than what previous Congress administrations allocated.

The array of projects launched and foundation stones laid encompasses various sectors, such as rail, road, health, housing, education, border infrastructure, IT, power, oil and gas, among others.

Furthermore, the Prime Minister dedicated several other projects, including the groundbreaking ceremony for the 2880 MW Dibang multipurpose hydropower project. This project, featuring the highest dam structure in India, is slated for construction for Rs. 31,876 crore.

“In the past decade, we have successfully concluded approximately a dozen peace agreements with militant groups and resolved border disputes between states in the region. Now, the next stride towards development entails bolstering industries in the northeast,” stated the PM, inaugurating the Rs. 10,000 crore UNNATI (Uttar Poorva Transformative Industrialization) scheme.

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In addition, he inaugurated projects aimed at providing 146,000 rural household tap connections and the Sabroom Land Port in the South District, valued at Rs. 230 crores. The foundation stone for the Sabroom Land Port was laid in 2021.

Situated along the India-Bangladesh international border, the newly established Sabroom Land Port will feature amenities such as a passenger terminal building, cargo administrative building, fire station building, warehouse, pump house, and electrical substation.

The virtual ceremony was graced by the presence of Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha.

Anurag Kashyap

“Today marks a historic milestone for Tripura! I am delighted to witness the virtual inauguration and foundation stone laying ceremony for development projects totalling Rs. 8,534.02 crores by Honorable PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji. Among these initiatives is the opening of the Sabroom Land Port in South Tripura, which will facilitate the movement of people and enhance connectivity, trade, and tourism between the Northeast Region and Bangladesh. Under the visionary leadership of the Honorable PM, these projects will herald a new era of development towards the goal of #ViksitBharatViksitTripura,” expressed X.

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