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Tunnel of highway linking Motuo completed

12-15-2010 11:22 BJT

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Motuo in the Tibet Autonomous Region is the last isolated county in China. But that's about to change. The area is about to be linked to the outside world. A highway is being built and should be completed before 2012. The most crucial part of the project, Galongla Tunnel, was just completed when explosives ripped through the end of the 3,310-meter tunnel.

Workers are doing the final preparations. 50 kilograms of explosives are installed to open the final two meters of the tunnel.

At 10 am Wednesday morning, the explosion goes ahead as planned.

Smoke fills the tunnel.

Three safety workers check if the explosives are fully exploded.

Then excavators move towards the spot.

One hundred meters. The debris forms a small mountain. The machinery approaches the hole to check if the roof is loose.

A hole of 70 cubic-meters is opened.

The next job is to get rid of the debris.

A small hole can be seen from here.

The final work is done to get rid of the loose rocks from the roof of the hole.

Leaders announce the success of the opening of the tunnel.

Half an hour after the explosion, the two teams from each side of the hole successfully meet together.

813 days of efforts have paid off.

The largest obstacle to entering Motuo is removed now.

The completion of the tunnel means Motuo will soon be linked to the outside. The highway is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2011.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV.CN

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