A road bridge built by India between Durbuk and Daulat Beg Oldi in eastern Ladakh (representational image) | Photo: ANI
A road bridge built by India between Durbuk and Daulat Beg Oldi in eastern Ladakh | Representational Image | ANI
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New Delhi: As the water-flow has increased in the Galwan river, the Indian Security forces are now feeling the need for specialised waterproof clothing for the troops deployed there in a standoff position with China.

The Chinese side seems to have come prepared for the deployment as their troops deployed in the Galwan river valley bed are wearing water-proof clothes which allows them to step in the icy water there. “There is a need felt for specialised clothing for deployment alongside the river with ice-cold water as the water flow has increased in the river with the rise in temperature,” sources told ANI.

The Chinese side which has made camps all along the Galwan river valley up to near the Indian Patrolling Point 14 has come with specialised clothing where the lower portion of the combat dress is made up of waterproof material which allows them to step into the water, the sources said.

The Galwan river after originating from Aksai Chin passes through the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and merged with the Shyok river near Indian PP-14.

Earlier also while patrolling the area from KM-120 post to the PP-14, Indian security men had to step inside the river water which would wet their shoes, they said.
Sources said the special clothing with Chinese could have helped them in avoiding a higher number of hypothermia casualties during the Galwan valley clash on June 15 with Indian soldiers.

The Indian side is also preparing itself for the possible long term deployment in the Galwan valley and other areas where the Chinese have deployed heavily along the LAC.

All along the LAC from the Ladakh sector to Arunachal Pradesh, the Chinese Army has done heavy deployments and not showing any signs of thinning down despite holding talks at multiple levels with the Indian agencies.

The Chinese buildup had started around May 4 almost two months ago when they marched along the LAC to multiple points including the Finger area, Galwan valley, DBO sector, PP-15, Hot Springs and Ghoghra.

The Chinese have also been fortifying their positions and troops’ strength in areas where they have come and it is being perceived that they are using the time in talks for building up further.


Also read: Shut up and put up — What Chinese companies in India should do as Galwan crisis continues


 

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  1. It’s high time for Indian corps to retreat. Lest their skirmish with China will shatter India’s unnatural cohesion of states

  2. It is opportunity for mahaan pirivate bigwigs to design scientifically the best waterproof, cold proof , warm , durable, comfortable light attire and gear if you incorporate am oxygen source it will be superb and a solar blanket do it. Establish the OR well and immediately and design fast , virtually try and make and launch . Of course DRDO will do their job . Show our mettle and keep our bros dry and warm and oxygenated

  3. Why so late, and why our govt. Is waiting till the demand made by Army, that means we have no experience to deal the situation and our intelligence sources are also failed and we the citizens are busy in watching useless fake TV debates to increase TRP nothing else.

  4. The army troops deployed must be immediately provided water proof shoes socks inner wear and thermal suitsto prevent Hyperthermia. The suits must be fire proof and made of wearable synthetic material.

  5. Sounds quite incredible. These rivers have flowed for decades . Our Army should have all this special
    clothing much earlier . How come this is unplanned for ?
    Tomorrow it could be something much more vital that is found in short supply.

  6. India has been loosing battles till time immemorial due to this thinking of not providing soldiers with full Armour. 10000 enemy soldiers will defeat an army of 1 lak indian soldiers without proper armour. only kings will wear armour. numerical advantage looses if you dont provide soldier with protection. make water proof dresses for soldiers on top urjent war sacle,

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