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Why is Arunachal Pradesh’s Nechiphu Tunnel important for Indian defence? 5 things you must know

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Itanagar, Sep 10: Nechiphu Tunnel, built at an altitude of 5,700 feet in Arunachal Pradesh’s West Kameng district, is a strategically important tunnel for the movement of the Indian Army to bordering areas along with China in all weather conditions.

According to defence experts, the Nechiphu Tunnel will play an important role in neutralising any threat from China.

Why is Arunachal Pradesh's Nechiphu Tunnel important for Indian defence? 5 things you must know

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has implemented a 500-metre tunnel near Nechiphu Pass in Arunachal Pradesh with the aim of cutting down travel time for vehicles moving towards the forward base near the China border. Primarily aimed at bringing down the time taken by military vehicles by six kilometres and 20 minutes, it is likely to be open to civic movements.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh laid the foundation stone of the Nechiphu Tunnel, built in a strategically crucial location in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh and ready for inauguration. On September 12, Rajnath Singh will inaugurate the tunnel.

Why is Arunachal Pradesh's Nechiphu Tunnel important for Indian defence? 5 things you must know

The Tunnel is a unique 500 meter long at an altitude of 5,700 feet, ‘D-shaped, Single Tube Double Lane Tunnel’ on the Balipara-Charduar-Tawang (BCT) Road in West Kameng of Arunachal Pradesh.

Once it opens up, the Nechiphu Tunnel, along with the Sela Tunnel, will provide safe, all-weather strategic connectivity on the BCT Road while reducing the carbon footprint in this eco-sensitive area.

The tunnel will accommodate two-way traffic and be equipped with modern lighting and safety facilities.

“The tunnel has been conceived to bypass the extreme foggy conditions prevailing around Nechiphu Pass, which have caused hindrance to general traffic and military convoys for many decades,” said officials.

The official said, “The tunnel will be provided with a state-of-the-art electro-mechanical system, including firefighting devices, an auto illumination system, and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)-controlled monitoring systems.”

“It will also accommodate raised footpaths on both sides for safer pedestrian movement, which will have ducts for power cables, optical fibre cables, and utility lines to strengthen the civic amenities infrastructure,” they said.

Five things to know about Nechiphu Tunnel

#The D-shaped tunnel has been excavated under ‘Project Vartak’ and will accommodate two-way traffic. It will be equipped with modern lighting and safety facilities.

# The Nechiphu tunnel will not only provide safe all-weather passage but will also cut short the travel time by 30 minutes and reduce the road distance by 7 km on the heavily foggy stretch.

# This environmentally friendly construction and reduction in distance will also help reduce the carbon footprint of the roads in the area.

# The tunnel has been constructed by cutting through fragile Himalayan mountains with highly fractured rock under low overburden through strict 3D monitoring and the proactive application of the desired tunnel support system.

#The tunnel will be provided with a state-of-the-art electro-mechanical system, including firefighting devices, an auto-illumination system, and SCADA-controlled monitoring systems.

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