India’s First Underwater Road Cum Rail Tunnel Is Coming Up In Northeast Assam

by Shreya Ghosh
India’s First Underwater Road Cum Rail Tunnel Is Coming Up In Northeast Assam

Assam will soon be the home to an underwater road cum rail tunnel. This huge project is going to be India’s first-ever underground road cum rail tunnel and will be built across the Brahmaputra river in the eastern state of Assam. India will soon commence building this infrastructure at an estimated cost of ₹7,000 crore ($902,592). The Road and Railway Ministries and the Border Road Organisation came together to decide on the construction and development of this project.

India’s First Underwater Road Cum Rail Tunnel Will Boast Three Tunnels

According to the planning of the Railway and Road Transport Ministries with the BRO, this project will feature 3 parallel tunnels. Each tunnel has its own purposes; the first Tunnel is for roadways, the second tunnel is for railways, and the third tunnel will be used during any sort of emergency. Interestingly, all these roads will be connected internally using cross passages. Each tunnel will be 9.8 km. The tunnels will create a connection between the Dhaliabil railway station and the Jakhalabandha railway station. Dhaliabil railway station is on the northern bank of River Brahmaputra and Jakhalabandha is on the south bank.

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These Tunnels Will Act As A Bridge For Many Connections Of Roads And Network

In addition to the aforementioned features, these 3 tunnels have a lot of purposes to look into.

  • These will connect the railway and highways via the Jamurihat-Silghat axis.
  • The tunnels are accessible to the civilians and also for both strategic purposes as well.
  • This underwater road cum rail tunnel will build the network between the rail and highway networks towards North Assam, Tawang, and various parts of Arunachal Pradesh.

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The construction process of these tunnels will use tunnel boring machines. The entire construction will take almost 2.5 years to complete everything.