India toughens stance against China, gives nod for strategic tunnel under Brahmaputra

In a bigger stance against China, the Government of India has given in-principle approval to construct a strategic tunnel under the Brahmaputra river, reported Hindustan Times.

The four-lane tunnel will link Gohpur and Numaligarh towns in Assam.

This would be India’s maiden under-river tunnel and it will close to the Chinese border. Apparently, it will be longer than the under water tunnel being built by China below the Taihu Lake in Jiangsu province, HT reported.

The tunnel has a strategic importance as it will provide year-long connectivity between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. It will also help in transporting military supplies and ammunition as vehicles will be able to zoom past the tunnel at 80 kmph, Hindustan reported.

It will also have ventilation system, fire-fighting mechanism, footpath, drainage system, emergency exit etc, according to the report. It will also be equipped with crash barriers.

The development comes amid India-China border tension after a face-off between the soldiers in Ladakh’s Galwan valley.

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