- Nov 12, 2022
Infrastructure drive along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which includes large-scale road construction in eastern Ladakh, new bridges and tunnels in the northeast and alternate access roads, has scaled up operational capabilities, a top army officer who led the efforts has said.
Lt Gen Harpal Singh, who retired as the engineer-in-chief last month, said Arunachal Pradesh in particular has seen major improvements when it comes to border connectivity, including in the Tawang sector where a physical clash took place between Indian and Chinese soldiers last month.
"New technology has been inducted to fast track things. Latest equipment like heavy duty rock drills and spider excavators have helped and areas that had been unconnected with a road can now be accessed," the recently retired officer said.
Listing out major projects that have been fast-tracked over the past three years, Singh said that alternate access has been created to the Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) sector and a new route to Leh, via the Zanskar valley, has also been established. "Connectivity has been achieved in sectors that had no road access for decades. This has improved the reaction time of troops," he said.
In the December clash involving over 350 Chinese troops at Yangtze in Tawang, a quick deployment of Indian troops averted a major incident. This has been made possible with a new road connectivity to the contested area that has been recently completed. In Sikkim, where forces had only one fragile access towards the Doklam plateau, multiple alternate routes have been created in the past few years.
The access to Tawang has also been improved, with the 355 km highway to the border areas being double-laned. The Sela tunnel to give all weather access to Tawang is also expected to be made functional by mid-year, Singh said. He added that the new frontier highway project in Arunachal Pradesh will provide critical intervalley transportation, cutting down deployment time for troops.
On the habitation front, the officer said that a new 3D printed construction technology is in use that has enabled quick setting up of housing and defensive structures along the border. This has resulted in addition of habitats for over 20,000 troops and creation of new bunkers that can be set up within a short timeframe as the need arises.
india china border: Infra push scales up operational capability across LAC - The Economic Times
Lt Gen Harpal Singh, who retired as the engineer-in-chief last month, said Arunachal Pradesh in particular has seen major improvements when it comes to border connectivity, including in the Tawang sector where a physical clash took place between Indian and Chinese soldie
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