India is likely to nudge Bhutan to stop dilly-dallying on giving nod to construction of a strategic road through its “Yeti Territory” in the wake of China’s new claim on the eastern region of the tiny nation.
The proposed road will lessen the distance between Guwahati in Assam and Tawang near the India-China disputed boundary in Arunachal Pradesh by 150 kilometres. It will also shorten the travel time from 15 hours to approximately 9-10 hours. Once the new road is built, New Delhi will be able to mobilize troops faster to respond to China’s military moves, not only across its disputed boundary with India in Arunachal Pradesh, but also towards the eastern region of Bhutan.
The road was conceived long back, and India has been ready to get its Border Roads Organization (BRO) lay the stretch in Bhutan.
It, however, has not taken off yet, as Thimphu has been dilly-dallied on agreeing to the proposal, which New Delhi is now dusting off.