PM Modi laid foundation stone for Sela Tunnel; 7 EHV Sub-stations; 24 LT Sub-stations in Arunachal Pradesh

Feb 11, 2019 13:39 IST
PM Modi laid foundation stone for Sela Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 9, 2019 laid the foundation stone for the Sela Tunnel Project in Arunachal Pradesh during his visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Tripura.

The tunnel will be constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) at a cost of Rs. 687 crore.

The Tunnel would be completed in the next three years. It covers a total distance of 12.04 kms which consist of two tunnels of 1790 meters and 475 meters.

Significance

Once completed, the tunnel would provide:

  • All weather connectivity to Tawang and forward areas; a move that would be a game changer for the local population apart from the much required strategic edge for the security forces
  • Reduction in more than one hour of travelling time from Tezpur to Tawang
  • Travellers would be able to avoid the dangerous snow covered Sela top at a height of 13,700 feet

Foundation stone for 7 Extra High Voltage Sub-stations and 24 Low Tension Sub-stations laid

The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for 7 Extra High Voltage (EHV) Sub-stations and 24 Low Tension (LT) Sub-stations in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. This project is aimed at meeting the objectives of affordable 24X7 power to all, especially in the remote locations.

The project will be implemented by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), a ‘Navratna’ Company under Union Ministry of Power.

The project will be carried out under the ‘Comprehensive Scheme for Strengthening of Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Systems in Arunachal Pradesh’ that was sanctioned in October 2014 under Central Sector Plan Scheme of Ministry of Power at an estimated cost of Rs 3,199.45 crores.

Impact

The project will enhance the consumers’ access to affordable grid connected power supply.

It will lead to reduction in operation of Diesel Generating Plants in Arunachal Pradesh, thus bringing socio-economic and environmental benefits to the people of the state.

It will also facilitate in development of small scale industries, cottage industries and tourism sector in the region.

It will give impetus to integration of upcoming Hydro Power Generating Plants in Arunachal Pradesh with the National Grid.

It will facilitate lying of optical fiber to extend communication facility to the small villages.

It will boost local economy of the entire state with infusion of about Rs. 6501 crore.

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