Guwahati, June 7: The longest road tunnel in Sikkim, the 578-km long Theng tunnel designed for seismic zone V and constructed at a cost of Rs 45.2 crore, has been dedicated to the nation on Thursday by Dr Subhash Ramrao Bhamre, Raksha Rajya Mantri of Government of India, stated a press release.
While inaugurating the tunnel Dr Bhomre said the improved infrastructure for NE region has been the primary focus of the Central government and all works are accordingly prioritized to bring in rapid growth and development to the region.
He hoped people of North Sikkim now will have a smooth and reliable rood journey across this trouble spot. He lauded the efforts of Border Roads Organization (BRO) for taking up the project and completing it on topmost priority.
“The tunnel will boost significantly our defense preparedness as logistics induction will now be safe, round the clock and fast,” he added.
Speaking at the inaugural function Lt Gen Harpal Singh, VSM, VSM of Border Roads Organization said that road infrastructure in Sikkim would be further strengthened and augmented and many new roads to far flung areas have been planned for construction within the next five years in addition to roads Flag Hill-Dokalo and Tamze-Chola.
The Theng tunnel is 578 m long single tube double lone bidirectional tunnel and is the longest road tunnel in the State of Sikkim.
Chief Engineer of Project Swastik Harendro Kumor said the tunnel has been designed for seismic zone —V and is having all the necessary safety elements such as 30 m long recess adit at mid length for emergency evacuation, fire fighting arrangements with fire hydrant laid all along the tunnel and state of the art LED fighting system. Constructed at a cost of 45.2 crore, this tunnel will open up new vista for speedy development of the region.