Itanagar: Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh has laid the foundation stone of the Nechiphu tunnel on the Balipara-Charduar-Tawang (BCT) road in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh on Monday through video conferencing.
The tunnel will be 450 metre long, D-shaped, and consist of two-lane carriageways of 3.5 metre width each. The tunnel will bypass the existing portion of the road, which remains foggy all the year round. Poor visibility even during daytime has been a cause of several casualties in the past and of serious concern to commuters.
The Defence Minister also inaugurated Eight Bridges constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in Arunachal Pradesh. These are Yasong and Sarti in Anjaw, Karteso Kong and Kangdang Sila in Shi-Yomi, Tanchen Panga in West Siang, Ungu in Upper Subansiri, Siang in Siang and Sigit in Upper Siang districts.
Apart from that Singh also dedicated 36 bridges to the nation spread over various states and one union territory.
“The inauguration of 44 bridges today will improve connectivity in the far flung areas of Western, Northern and North East sectors and fulfil the aspirations of local people. They would also meet the transport and logistics requirements of the armed forces throughout the year”, he said.
Chief Minister, Pema Khandu Khandu who was joined by Lok Sabha MP Tapir Gao, Pangin MLA Ojing Tasing and BRO’s Project Arunank chief engineer AS Chonkor attended the dedication and foundation laying ceremony.
Khandu expressed gratitude to the central leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh for their concern and intention to develop border states with modern infrastructure.
He said, despite harsh conditions and unpredictable climate, engineers and workers of BRO toil day and night to not only build roads and bridges but also keep the existing ones motorable in the state.
“These eight bridges in Arunachal Pradesh has augmented road connectivity in remote border districts that will immensely benefit the locals as well as personnel of the defence posted in far-off border outposts”, Khandu observed.
Congratulating the BRO for successfully completing the Atal Tunnel, which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister on October 3, Khandu expressed optimism that the Nechiphu tunnel would also be completed by the premier construction agency on time.