New Delhi, 22 May: India has also intensified the road construction work on the Nubra Valley-DBO road after reports of the construction of a second new bridge by China in the Pangong Lake area of eastern Ladakh.
This new road will facilitate movement of Indian armed forces to the plains of Depsang and to the Chinese front. This road will pass through Saser Pass in Ladakh and connect the two valleys.
However, on the news of the construction of the bridge, India has said that both the bridges are in the area which China has illegally occupied since the 1960s.
Recently, satellite images have revealed that China is building a second bridge in the area under its occupation around the strategically important Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh. This bridge can be helpful for the Chinese army to quickly reach its troops in the region. India has also reacted to the news of the construction of the bridge amid the standoff between the Indian and Chinese armies in eastern Ladakh for more than two years.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said on Friday that both the bridges are in an area that China has illegally occupied since the 1960s. India does not accept this illegal occupation of its territory. At the same time, it also does not accept China’s false claims and construction activities in this area.
Meanwhile, the Border Roads Organization (BRO) has intensified the work on the road connecting Nubra Valley with the DBO area. This new road will provide an option to the Indian forces to reach the plains of Depsang and move to the Chinese front. This road will pass through Saser Pass in Ladakh and connect the two valleys. Meanwhile, Indian security forces, including the Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), are conducting several joint exercises along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) to improve their wartime preparedness. The Indian Army has deployed its additional six divisions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.
Indian troops posted on Pakistan’s Border Line of Control (LoC) are being removed and sent to the country’s northern border.
For deployment on the China border, those soldiers have been called from some other important fronts, who have expertise in thwarting enemy designs in mountainous areas.
In view of the ongoing tension with China for the last two years, two divisions of the army have been removed from the anti-terror operation and deployed on the LAC.
Similarly, divisions of the army from Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand have also been removed and posted in the Northern Command. Road infrastructure has also been upgraded. The road network along the Khardung La pass has also been upgraded, increasing India’s access from Leh to the China front.