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Alternative Routes to Tawang, Air Replenishment Points: Arunachal Infra Push to Add to India’s Strategic Heft

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Alternative Routes to Tawang, Air Replenishment Points: Arunachal Infra Push to Add to India’s Strategic Heft
Sela tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh



Two alternative routes connecting the strategic border town of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh to Assam’s Guwahati will open in the next few years, in addition to the only central axis that is operational at present, senior military and government officials told News18.com.

This includes a new western axis that is slated to come up in the next two years and another route that is being chalked out at present that will lie east of the central axis. Both the routes—once ready and operational—will provide alternative routes to Tawang, connecting the sector bordering the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China to Guwahati.

Senior defence officials said they will help boost connectivity and economy of the region for the civil population, and also prepare for faster mobilisation of troops to the border in case of any contingency.

Two alternative routes connecting the strategic border town of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh to Assam’s Guwahati will open in the next few years, in addition to the only central axis that is operational at present, senior military and government officials told News18.com.

This includes a new western axis that is slated to come up in the next two years and another route that is being chalked out at present that will lie east of the central axis.

Both the routes—once ready and operational—will provide alternative routes to Tawang, connecting the sector bordering the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China to Guwahati.

Senior defence officials said they will help boost connectivity and economy of the region for the civil population, and also prepare for faster mobilisation of troops to the border in case of any contingency.

Both the tunnels will have a major strategic importance, as they will provide all-weather connectivity, bypass the foggy stretches on the Nechiphu and Sela passes, thus aiding faster military deployments to Tawang. They have been built in a way that heavy weaponry such as artillery guns can pass through them. Sela pass can be observed by the Chinese from LAC.

Both tunnels will be completed before time and are slated for inauguration by July next year as part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ — Centre’s campaign to commemorate 75 years of Independence.

Last year, Rajnath Singh inaugurated eight bridges built by BRO in the state.

A BRO official at the Nechiphu tunnel construction site said 22 bridges are being built in the region.

Major General Zubin A Minwalla, General-Officer-Commanding of the 5 Mountain Division, had said there has been a tremendous push on the infrastructure development by both BRO and the civilian government in the region.

Eastern Army Commander Lt. Gen. Manoj Pande had said infrastructure at the LAC and in the entire eastern sector is being stepped up. There should be enhanced cooperation between the BRO, NHIDCL and the PWD involved in road construction across the state, he added.

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