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India Bolsters Security at LAC Flashpoint with New Infrastructure

The newly constructed road will make it possible to deploy troops, equipment, and supplies to strengthen the front lines at Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO), the northernmost military installation in India.

According to one of the authorities who requested anonymity, the only route leading to DBO from Darbuk is visible from across the LAC, a benefit that the new road does not have. Additionally, because it is further away from the LAC, it is less susceptible to assaults coming from the other side of the border.

By the end of November, it will be prepared to facilitate crucial military movement, and a year later, it is anticipated to be completely blacktopped. There are about 2,000 employees labouring to achieve the deadline.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will need to complete a stretch in steep glaciated terrain and build a bridge over the Shyok River in order to complete the 130 km road project from Sasoma in the Nubra Valley to DBO near the Karakoram Pass, according to information obtained by Hindustan Times.

Three years ago, as military tensions between India and China were rising, construction on the Sasoma-Saser La-Saser Brangsa-Gapshan-DBO road began to pick up steam. The two nations have been at a standoff since May 2020, and a comprehensive solution to the border crisis through ongoing negotiations still seems elusive. Depsang, which falls under the DBO sector, is one of the trouble areas.

“Latest technologies are being employed to clear construction hurdles in the final lap,” said a second official, who also declined to be identified. The road is classified as Hardness Index-III, the most difficult project category available from BRO.

The LAC lies near the 255km Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldi (DS-DBO) road. There are two separate road axes that lead from Leh to Sasoma and Darbuk.

The Sasoma-Saser La-Saser Brangsa-Gapshan-DBO road has several important portions finished, according to the officials, who provided HT with specifics.

Only 6 kilometres of the 52-kilometer stretch between Sasoma and the 17,600-foot Saser La remain unpaved, but this glaciated area is the hardest to construct, so BRO is using geocells (three-dimensional, expandable panels made of polymer) to stabilise the road and boost its bearing capacity. By November, this stretch will be finished.

By October 2024, the 27-kilometer length will have been blacktopped and will be connected between Saser La and Saser Brangsa. The 42-km Saser Brangsa-Gapshan stretch is now under construction; 31 km of the road have been completed, with 11 km still to go. The entire stretch will be blacktopped in a year. Next year, the 10-kilometer section between Gapshan and DBO will also be constructed.

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Source: HT

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