Better infrastructure could save Indian troops from serving in extremely harsh, cold conditions on the Indo-China border

Indian troops who have to serve at posts as high as 19,000 feet guarding the China frontier in hostile weather that dips to -45 degrees would not have to face such harsh conditions 24×7, 365 days in a year if the forward areas have good roads.

Unlike the Indian Army, the Chinese don’t have mass numbers lined up at the frontiers in peak winter. At North Sikkim’s sensitive international border, the Indian Army has to dominate the forward areas and peaks at all times.

But 20 km from the international border, under Chinese control is the town of Khamb Dazong, well developed, from where mobilisation is quick and easy. Within minutes, the Chinese troops can reach the borders. Read More

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