India reducing infra gap with China along LAC | India News

NEW DELHI: India has to a large extent reduced the huge “infrastructure differential” with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in terms of roads, tunnels, bridges, troop habitats, permanent defences, helipads and airfields over the past two years, top defence establishment sources said on Tuesday.
With Indian and Chinese troops remaining forward-deployed for the third consecutive winter in the 30-month-old military confrontation in eastern Ladakh, several more infrastructure projects by the Army‘s Corps of Engineers and Border Roads Organisation are also currently under way or in the pipeline to further address this asymmetry with China.
After construction of ‘modular, temperature-controlled and relocatable habitats’ for over 22,000 troops and technical storage facilities for 450 tanks and howitzers in high-altitude forward areas in eastern Ladakh, for instance, similar structures are now coming up in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim along the 3,488-km LAC.
The 12 lakh-strong Army is now also going in for the new high-tech ‘3D Printing’ construction of permanent defences, which can take direct hits from T-90 tanks at 100 metre, in conjunction with startups under IIT Gandhinagar.
“A lot of trials have been done. This project will be undertaken all along the northern borders, not just in eastern Ladakh, from next year onwards,” a source said. Tunnels are another priority area.

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