Indian Army sets up winter habitat facilities for troops in eastern Ladakh
NEW DELHI: The Army has completed the setting up of extensive winter habitat facilities for all its troops deployed in eastern Ladakh, with India and China yet to finalize the modalities for the proposed troop disengagement in the high-altitude region.
The Army has worked on a war-footing to erect heated shelters, bunkers and arctic tents as well as acquire specialized winter clothing, gear and other essential supplies for its over 50,000 troops deployed at the “friction points” with China in eastern Ladakh as well as the Line of Actual Control (LAC), where temperatures have already dipped to minus 20 degree celsius.
“Up to 40-feet of snow falls in some areas there after November. Coupled with the wind chill factor, the temperatures will dip to minus 30-40 degree celsius. Road access also gets affected for a brief period of time,” said a senior officer on Wednesday.