The 578m long tunnel at Theng in North Sikkim was dedicated to the nation by Dr Subhash Ramrao Bhamre, Raksha Rajya Mantri (RRM) on on thursday. While inaugurating the tunnel Dr Bhamre stated that improving infrastructure in the NE region has been the primary focus of the Govt and all the works are accordingly been prioritised to bring in rapid growth and development to the region. He said that the people of North Sikkim will now have a smooth and reliable road journey across this trouble spot. He lauded the efforts of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) for taking up the project and completing it on topmost priority.
The tunnel, he stated, will significantly boost our defense preparedness as logistics induction will now be safer, faster and round the clock. Speaking at the inaugural function Lt Gen Harpal Singh, AVSM, VSM, DGBR informed that the road infrastructure in Sikkim will be further strengthened and augmented and many new roads to far flung areas have been planned for construction in next five years in addition to roads Flag Hill-Dokala and Tamze-Chola.
The Theng tunnel is a 578 m long single tube double lane bidirectional tunnel and is the longest road tunnel in the state of Sikkim. Chief Engineer of Project Swastik Shri Harendra Kumar informed while giving out technical details of the project that the tunnel has been designed for seismic zone –V and is having all the necessary safety elements such a 30 m long escape tunnel at mid length for emergency evacuation, fire-fighting arrangements with fire hydrant laid all along the tunnel and state of the art LED lighting system. Constructed at a cost of 45.2 Cr, this tunnel will open up new vista for speedy development of the region.
Lt Gen P M Bali, AVSM, VSM GOC of 33 Corps and Shri UC Mehta, ADGBR were also present in the inaugural function.