Saturday, 27 February, 2021

HT? Exclusive: ?Galwan Valley bridge that China aimed to stop in Ladakh is done: Official

Army engineers have finished a 60-metre bridge over Galwan river in eastern Ladakh that could consolidate India’s your hands on the sensitive sector by letting Indian infantry to advance around the cold mountain river plus protect the 255 km strategic road from Darbuk to Daulat Beg Oldie, the last military post just south from the Karakoram Pass, top officials told Hindustan Times. The bridge was built from the formation engineers in spite of the PLA showing hostile moves in the neighborhood to force Indian Army to abandon the project.

HT Exclusive

The construction of the strategic bridge was seen as one of the triggers for the aggressive maneuvers by China’s People’s Liberation Army in eastern Ladakh that led to the standoff between the two countries before Western Theatre Command of PLA made an “exaggerated” claim to the entire Galwan river Valley.

A senior government official said the bridge was completed on Thursday, signalling how the border infrastructure upgrade projects being executed from the formation engineers as well as the Border Roads Organisation continues regardless of the PLA’s tries to stall them.

The 4-span bridge can be found three kilometres east of the Shyok river-Galwan river confluence with the contested Patrolling Point 14 a further 2 km east of your Bailey bridge. Patrolling point 14, which was this website with the June 15 fisticuffs, is nearby the Y-junction in which the Galwan rivulet joins the primary river. An Indian army base camp, called ‘120 km camp’ is around the confluence of these two rivers and next to the DSDBO road.

“We failed to pause focus on this bridge throughout the stand-off and kept working inspite of the violent face-off on June 15,” a senior army officer said.

The Chinese tall claim of holding the complete Galwan river valley is really an make an effort to minimize the Indian claim line for the Shyok river. The Chinese can overrun the DSDBO road in times of hostility and cut the road to Dault Beg Oldie if this happens. The last Indian village before DBO, this will allow them to open another road to Pakistan via Murgo.

The Bailey bridge built on concrete pillars gives India a serious advantage regarding access and military mobilisation which is considered vital to protection of indian strategic interests. With Indian Army vehicles now being able to cross the Galvan River, the troops have other military available choices up against the aggressive PLA in case of worst case scenario. The bridge replaces a footbridge around the Galwan River.


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