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China Completes Key Tunnel In Tibet Near Indian Border

PTI 15 Dec 2010, 22:09:27 IST
Beijing, Dec 15: China today completed construction of a 3,310-metre tunnel as part of an ambitious plan to build a highway connecting a remote Tibetan county close to the Indian border with rest of the Himalayan region.

State television showed live pictures of the workers breaking into celebrations after explosives ripped through one of the ends of the tunnel.

It took workers more than two years to complete the construction of the tunnel through the snow clad-Galongla mountain located at an altitude of 3,750 metres.

Motuo county or Metok as it is known in Tibetan language is the last county in the region that has no highways. Though a remote county, it has its own strategic significance as it borders Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as southern Tibet. PTI