Amid tensions at LAC, Army prepares for lengthy winter in Ladakh

Leh, September 15

From heating home equipment and local weather applicable clothes to rations, gas and tents that shield from the biting chilly, all needed provides have reached the ahead areas for the Army to gear up for the lengthy, freezing winter in Ladakh area, officers asserted amid the tensions on the Line of Actual Control.

The Ladakh area witnesses sub-zero temperatures and is usually lower off from the remainder of the nation for months in the course of the winters. As tensions between the armies of India and China on the LAC present no signal of ebbing, either side have considerably ramped up the presence of their troops.

Accordingly, India’s Army has been beefing up its shares of meals, ammunition, gas and extra importantly the winter gear.

Major General Arvind Kapoor, Chief of Staff of the Fire and Fury Corps — also called the XIV Corps which has the mandate of securing the frontiers alongside the China and Pakistan borders from Kargil to Ladakh — stated the unit takes delight in its advance winter stocking.

“Our stocking levels, be it rations, fuel, oils and lubricants, tentage and heating appliances which includes bukhari (heaters) or kero-heaters, or be it ammunition, are in good numbers,” Kapoor instructed reporters right here.    

“Wherever these things need to be supplied, they have already been supplied. We are confident that the system has become so well-oiled that in the coming days, it will give an excellent result,” he stated.

Kapoor stated your complete Ladakh area has been related to 2 most important highways—the Manali-Leh axis and the Jammu-Srinagar-Leh axis.

“These axes are shut for nearly six months. But in the last few months, we have brought this down to 120 days. In the coming days, the Atal Tunnel will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Darcha-Nimu-Padam link is also ready and in the immediate future, the Ladakh region will get round-the-year connectivity,” he stated.

Fuel additionally performs a crucial function for the armed forces, particularly within the Ladakh area the place it’s utilized by troopers in ahead areas to maintain themselves heat in low temperatures.

The corps additionally operates one of many highest altitude gas, oil and lubricants depot.

“We supply fuel both for our vehicles as also for our men, for the bukharis to keep them warm in the bitterly cold weather on the frontline,” stated Brigadier Rakesh Manocha, in-charge of the logistics.

On tentage, officers stated the indigenously developed Arctic tents can maintain temperatures as much as minus 20 levels, whereas the high-altitude tents have the capability to maintain temperatures anyplace between minus 40 to minus 50 levels.

“Both tentages and adequate winter clothing have also been supplied to the forward areas,” an official stated.

The ration too has been stocked adequately, starting from pre-cooked, packaged and canned objects to meals grains, they added.

Brigadier A S Rathore stated, “We hold complete requirements of supplies for all troops which are deployed in the Ladakh sector. All warehouses are completely full to the brim.” — PTI

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