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PM Inaugurates World’s Longest Bi-Lane Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his weekend with a forest safari in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park and the opening of the world’s longest bi-lane tunnel (Sela Tunnel) in Arunachal Pradesh.

Here are the top ten things in this significant news that you should know:

  • PM Modi, who arrived in Assam yesterday, went on a forest safari in the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve this morning. He began his journey with an elephant safari in the park’s Central Kohora Range. He subsequently went on a vehicle safari through the same area with forest officials.
  • “This morning I was at the Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Nestled amidst lush greenery, this UNESCO World Heritage site is blessed with diverse flora and fauna including the majestic one horned rhinoceros,” he said in an online post.
  • Later that day, he dedicated the world’s longest bi-lane tunnel, the Sela Tunnel, to the country at the ‘Viksit Bharat Viksit North East’ ceremony in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The Sela Tunnel is an engineering marvel set to provide all-weather connectivity to Tawang across Sela pass in Arunachal Pradesh. The tunnel, built at a cost of about ₹ 825 crore, is also of strategic importance to the country. Its foundation stone was laid by PM Modi in 2019.
  • The Prime Minister took a jibe at the Congress while speaking at the programme. “The Congress tried to keep the border areas underdeveloped. Sela tunnel could have been made before, but their priority was different. They used to think there are only two Lok Sabha seats in Arunachal, why work so much…I promise the people of Sela I will come again in my third term,” he said.
  • During the event, he announced the UNNATI plan worth ₹ 10,000 crore and dedicated development projects worth ₹ 55,600 crore in Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, and Arunachal Pradesh.
  • PM Modi will unveil the ‘Statue of Valour’, a 125-foot-high statue of renowned Ahom general Lachit Barphukan, in Jorhat this afternoon.
  • Later in the day, he will visit Meleng Meteli Pothar in Jorhat district and inaugurate and lay foundation stones of developmental projects worth around ₹ 18,000 crore. He will also address a public meeting here.
  • From Arunachal, he will travel to Siliguri in West Bengal to participate in a public programme in the evening. At the event, he will dedicate projects worth ₹ 4,500 crore in West Bengal.
  • He will reach his constituency Varanasi around 7 pm and offer prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. He will attend a public programme in the city next day and dedicate and lay foundation stone of projects worth over ₹ 42,000 crore in Uttar Pradesh.

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