New Delhi: In the backdrop of ongoing border tension with China in eastern Ladakh, the Indian Army has created winter habitat facilities for the troops deployed in the areas.
The Army has worked on a war-footing to construct heated shelters, bunkers and arctic tents, as well as acquire specialised winter clothing, gear and other essential supplies for its over 50,000 troops deployed at the ‘friction points’.
‘Altitudes in Ladakh range from High to Super High Altitude and the area experience up to 40 feet of snowfall, after the month of November. Coupled with chilly winds, the temperatures dip down to minus 30-40 degrees. In addition, road access also gets affected for a brief period of time,’ a source in the Indian Army said on Wednesday.
Apart from the Smart camps with integrated facilities, which have been built over the years, additional state of art habitat with integrated arrangements for electricity, water, heating facilities, health and hygiene have been recently created to accommodate the troops, he said further.
‘Troops in front line are accommodated in heated tents, as per the tactical considerations of their deployment,’ added the source.
He said in addition, adequate civil infrastructure has also been identified, to cater to any emergent requirement.
India and China had ‘broadly agreed’ to pull-back troops, tanks, howitzers and armoured vehicles from the ‘friction points’ in the Pangong Tso-Chushul area of eastern Ladakh.
But, the ‘exact modalities and sequencing of steps,’ as well as the joint verification process for the proposed disengagement plan, is yet to be mutually finalised.