Nechiphu tunnel to be completed by August 15: Official

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: The 500-metre-long Nechiphu tunnel in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh will be completed by August 15 this year.

Nechiphu Tunnel project manager Utsav Talabia said that efforts are being made to complete the tunnel by August 15 this year.

“Right now, waterproofing membrane has been put and final finishing work is getting readied,” he said.

The Nechiphu tunnel project started in March 2020. Once completed, it is expected to reduce the distance between Bhalukpong and Bomdila by 7 kms.

The tunnel is being constructed under Project Vartak of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) between km 82.00 and km 88.00 along Balipara Tawang Road at an altitude of 5,600 feet.

Construction of the tunnel is being accomplished by cutting through fragile Himalayan mountains with highly fractured rock under low overburden. The same is being tackled on daily basis through strict 3D monitoring and through the proactive application of desired tunnel support system. The new Austrian Tunnelling method is being used to achieve construction at a fast pace.

The tunnel will be provided with an electro-mechanical system including fire fighting devices, an auto illumination system and SCADA controlled monitoring systems.

The tunnel will also accommodate raised footpaths on both sides for safer pedestrian movement which will have ducts to pass Power cables, OFC cables and utility lines to strengthen the civic amenities infrastructure.

This is one of the many tunnels conceived by the Border Roads Organization along border areas to improve existing road geometrics, avoid foggy areas, circumvent slide prone areas and reduce black spots on the roads to offer greater safety to the military and civil traffic movement.

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