Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Thursday, met union defence minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. 

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma requested defence minister Rajnath Singh to expedite work of the Brahmaputra under-water tunnel project.

“…requested Adarniya RM that the Brahmaputra under-water tunnel project at Tezpur as planned by Border Roads Organisation may kindly be expedited,” Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said. 

He added: “This shall immensely enhance connectivity.” 

The proposed four-lane under-water tunnel will connect Misa in Nagaon district with Tezpur in Assam’s Sonitpur district. 

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The length of the proposed under-water tunnel is expected to be 12-15 kilometres. 

Earlier in August this year, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said that China has five different roads to move towards the international border of Arunachal Pradesh, but India has only one road via Bomdila. 

“A few days back I went to Arunachal Pradesh along with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The Indian Army has planned to construct one more road connecting the Arunachal Pradesh-China border. Based on my discussion I want to say that the Indian Army has now planned to construct a tunnel under the Brahmaputra River from Misa to Tezpur, so that, the movement of Army vehicles would not be stopped in any situation,” the Assam chief minister had said in the state Assembly. 

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Meanwhile, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma has also urged defence minister Rajnath Singh to grant permission for five more Sainik Schools in Assam. 

“…requested that defence ministry kindly grant permission for five more Sainik Schools in Assam in Golaghat, Cachar, Dhemaji, Karbianglong and Kokrajhar. Requisite land has been identified by District Administrations,” Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma informed. 

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