Kameng Current Affairs - 2020

New Viper Species discovered by Indian Herpetologists in Arunachal Pradesh

The Indian Herpetologists discovered new species of viper family in the Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh. It has been named after a fictional character, Salazar Slytherin.

Highlights

This is the second species of viper that was discovered in Arunachal Pradesh. However, there are more 48 species of viper in the region (across South East Asia and East Asia). It is very difficult to spot in Arunachal Pradesh. Also, the biodiversity documentation in the state is bad.

Vipers

Vipers are venomous snakes that are found in almost all parts of the world. They are not found in Australia, Antarctica, Hawaii, New Zealand and Madagascar. They have a pair of long fangs that inject venom. These snakes are intelligent and have the capability to decide how much venom to inject based on the circumstances.

Pakke Tiger Reserve

The Tiger Reserve is bounded by Kameng river in the west and north and by Pakke river in the east. It is located in Arunachal Pradesh.

PM Lays Foundation Stone for Sela Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh

PM Narendra Modi laid Foundation Stone for the Sela Tunnel Project in Arunachal Pradesh across Sela Pass.

Sela Pass

Sela Pass is a high-altitude mountain pass located on the border between the Tawang and West Kameng Districts of Arunachal Pradesh. The pass connects Tawang for rest of India.

Key Facts about the Sela Tunnel Project

The important facts about the Sela Tunnel project are:

  • The Sela pass tunnel will be constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).
  • The announcement of the project was done in the Union Budget 2018 by then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
  • Project costs Rs. 687 crore and is expected to be completed in the three years.
  • The project involves the construction of a road for a  total distance of 12.04 km which consist of two tunnels of 1790 and 475 meters.
  • The project once completed will reduce the travelling time from Tezpur to Tawang by more than one hour.
  • The project will also aid travellers in by-passing the dangerous snow-covered Sela top at a height of 13,700 feet.

An asset to the Defence Forces

The Sela tunnel project will provide all-weather connectivity and reduce travelling time. This aids the swift and fast movement of army troops in Tawang which is a strategically-located district located near the border of China. The tunnel will reduce the travel time between the Indian Army’s 4 Corps headquarters at Tezpur in Assam and Tawang.

The tunnel project will also boost the tourism industry and economic activities in the region as well as north-eastern states.