In all the noise surrounding the Dok La confrontation, Claude Arpi focuses on a crucial issue that has hardly been covered -- the construction of roads for the armed forces and the local population to reach the most remote border posts.
The tunnels would cut down at least an hour of travel time between the Army's 4 Corps headquarters at Tezpur and Tawang. They would ensure that NH 13 and the 171 km stretch between Bomdila and Tawang remains accessible in all weather conditions.
A dawn to dusk bandh called in the state capital by the Congress in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday failed to create any impact here. Shops and business establishments remained open, while government offices and banks functioned normally.