Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 25
With further troops to be positioned alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh throughout winter, the Army is procuring world-class snow boots, gloves, layered jackets, trousers and sleeping baggage.
New sleeping habitat like arctic tents and particular high-nutrient food plan are to be supplied.
It is the primary time that so many troops might be stationed throughout winter in japanese Ladakh alongside the 826-km LAC. Under regular circumstances, troop ranges are not more than two brigades (round 10,000). Heated habitat with bunker-type beds already exists to deal with these many troops.
This yr, the problem would be the further 30,000 troops who together with tools have been stationed since May this yr to beat back any misadventure by China.
Clothing and boots might be in a number of pairs as they have an inclination to get moist within the snow. Just the clothes and equipment to deal with the chilly — night time time temperatures are anticipated to be minus 30°C in peak winter —would value greater than Rs 1 lakh for every soldier, sources stated.
Normally, patrolling is curtailed in winter. But this time, it’s anticipated to be totally different because the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is stationed simply throughout the LAC.
The winter will set in within the first week of September when night time temperatures dip under the freezing level. The complete space is above 14,000 toes and a few of the mountain passes to be guarded are in extra of 17,000 toes.
The different activity is to feed the troops as low oxygen availability in tree-less japanese Ladakh, coupled with excessive chilly, low humidity and intense photo voltaic radiation, throws up a problem. The calorie consumption has been calculated because the per Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences examine. The vitality necessities in excessive altitude (over 12,000 toes) range between 4,270 and 4,550 energy per day per particular person.