Shubham Jaiswal (email@example.com)
The Central government has given in-principle approval for the construction of an underwater tunnel in the Brahmaputra river in Assam.
The tunnel will be strategic importance as it will provide round the year connectivity between the North-Eastern states of Assam and Arunchal Pradesh.
The underwater road tunnel will be constructed with the latest state of the art technique which will help the vehicles to operate at a speed of 80kmph.
The tunnel will connect Gohpur(NH-54) with Numaligarh(NH-37) in Assam.
Senior official according to whom the copnstruction of the tunnel is expected to start in December this year. The tunnel will be constructed in three phases and its total length will be 14.85 km.
The tunnel will have four lane and even the heavy military vehicles and other services can be transported easily through this tunnel which will save alotof time for reaching Arunachal Pradesh which share international border with China.
The report also said that the tunnel will be longer than the underwater tunnel being built by China below the Taihu Lake in Jiangsu province.
The National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHAIDCL) has roped in US firm Louis Berger which also prepared the Detailed Project Report(DPR) for the same.
The underwater tunnel built by China below the Taihu Lake is 10.79 km long.
The tunnel which will be constructed under river Brahmaputra will have two different capsules(Tube) for seamless movement of traffic from both the sides.