Assam govt to construct Brahmaputra tunnel at a cost of Rs 6,550 crore

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The government has planned to construct a tunnel under the Brahmaputra River in Assam for unhindered movement of Indian Army vehicles towards the Indo-China border and aims to transform the entire communication scenario of Assam.

Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday held a discussion about the proposed Brahmaputra tunnel with the senior officials of the Border Roads Organization (BRO).

During the discussion, Additional DG of BRO PKH Singh gave a presentation on the proposed tunnel.

The proposed tunnel would be located upstream of the Brahmaputra River from Jamugurihat on the northern bank, connecting to Silghat on the southern bank of the river.

The cost of the tunnel is estimated at around Rs 6,550 crore and the project has been endorsed by the Assam government.

The Assam CM said that the proposed Brahmaputra tunnel has the potential to transform the entire communication scenario of Assam.

Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted, “Glad to attend a presentation by Shri PKH Singh, Addl DG of @BROindia on the proposed Brahmaputra Tunnel. The 6550-cr tunnel endorsed by State Govt will connect Jamugurihat (north) & Silghat (south) and has the potential to transform entire communication scenario of Assam.”Earlier, the Chief Minister had said in the Assam assembly that China has five different roads to move towards the international border of Arunachal Pradesh, but India has only one road via Bomdila.

Earlier, the Chief Minister had said in the Assam Assembly that China has five different roads to move towards the international border of Arunachal Pradesh, but India has only one road via Bomdila.

“It is no surprise for us because the Atal Tunnel has been constructed in Jammu. Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat told me that he would discuss with the defence minister about the project and asked me also to discuss with Rajnath Singh. This is a priority project of the Indian Army. If we get the tunnel’s construction engineering plan, then we will also construct two more tunnels,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.