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Five years after its groundbreaking, the Sela tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh is poised for inauguration, marking a significant milestone in India’s border infrastructure development. This world’s longest twin-lane tunnel above 13,000 feet promises to revolutionize military logistics in the strategically crucial Tawang sector, where Indian troops stand guard near the contested border with China.

Lieutenant General Harpal Singh (retd), who oversaw critical phases of the project as the head of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), hails the tunnel as a “monumental enhancement” for the Indian army. “It will offer a fortified, expeditious, and dependable conduit for troop mobilization, equipment conveyance, and vital supplies distribution,” he emphasizes.

Sources close to the matter confirm Prime Minister Modi’s imminent inauguration of the tunnel, highlighting its potential for faster deployment of troops, weapons, and equipment to forward areas near the Line of Actual Control (LAC). This strategic advantage comes at a cost of ?700 crore, a testament to India’s commitment to strengthening its border defenses.

The Sela tunnel signifies more than just an engineering marvel. It represents a strategic leap forward, bolstering India’s ability to respond effectively to any security challenges in the region. Its construction on the Balipara-Charduar-Tawang road demonstrates India’s resolve to improve connectivity and infrastructure in remote border areas, ensuring seamless movement of troops and supplies.

While the exact date of inauguration remains undisclosed, anticipation is high. The Sela tunnel stands as a symbol of India’s unwavering commitment to its territorial integrity and preparedness to face any future challenges. Its opening marks a new chapter in the nation’s journey towards securing its borders and ensuring the safety of its citizens.