Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 4
As the Indian and Chinese armies put together for an extended deployment alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, calculations are being made on the South Block in New Delhi to cater for logistics — lodging, provisions and gas — for added troops and autos within the space.
The window to ferry materials by the 2 highway routes — by way of Manali and Srinagar — will shut as a result of snow in 4 months i.e. by October-end.
While Zoji La (11,500 ft) on the Srinagar route could also be closed for visitors by October-end or early November, the Rohtang Pass (13,000 ft) on the Manali route might even see snow earlier than that, holding again visitors. Other excessive passes between Rohtang and Leh may additionally power an early closure.
Once the passes shut, the one choice is to fly out provides from the logistics hub in Chandigarh. But even these flights have time restrictions. Planes should fly out of Leh earlier than midday as an increase in temperature coupled with rarefied oxygen have an effect on engine efficiency.
Apart from a full-fledged Army division (some 16,000 troops) in Ladakh, two extra divisions have been rushed in since May and these now from an arc throughout the 826-km LAC there.
The regiments which have moved up can survive on personal shares of rations, and so on. for a couple of weeks. They have tents moreover pre-fabricated constructions and different lodging at a number of places.
The winter stocking for Ladakh is already beneath manner, carried out by tons of of personal vans carrying provides from the plains. There isn’t any scarcity of meals shares or particular high-altitude rations. Even the chilly climate clothes might be transported as required. The troops are deployed at altitudes in extra of 14,000 ft the place night time temperatures can dip to minus 15°C in October-end.
In New Delhi, the calculations will issue within the variety of troops and their wants comparable to meals, particular clothes, sneakers, and so on. A call should be taken by the Army throughout the subsequent few weeks.
The logistics help will contain procuring provides and getting these to the troops at their place of deployment. The terrain on the Indian facet is such that simply to cross over from Leh to the areas of Daulat Beg Oldie, Depsang, Galwan, Pangong Tso, Hot Springs and Tangtse, the provides should be carried both throughout Khardung La (18,300 ft) or Chang La (17,590 ft).
Adequate variety of snow or arctic tents might be supplied to troops at increased altitudes.
Meanwhile, the Indian Army right now termed as “malicious and unsubstantiated” criticism in some quarters a few medical facility in a army hospital in Leh the place PM Narendra Modi interacted with troopers injured within the Galwan valley clashes on Friday. In a press release, the Army mentioned “it is unfortunate that aspersions are being cast on how our brave armed forces are treated. The armed forces give the best possible treatment to their personnel”.