Doklam effect: After Doklam crisis, India is now planning to develop more airfields in the eastern Ladakh area along the China border so that it can rapidly deploy troops in large numbers in case of any misadventure by the neighbouring state.India seems to have learnt quite a lesson from the Doklam standoff with China at the Nathu La border in Sikkim. Post the standoff, it decided to upgrade the border infrastructure in numerous states.
The Air Force is said to be looking for airfields in the region, from where its aircraft can conveniently take off and land as and when required.“In Ladakh, we have realised that deploying troops for a long time or throughout the year is not feasible. Harsh winters and rough terrain make the job all the more difficult. This is why we plan to develop airfields where we can deploy troops in large numbers using air assets,” a top defence source said. Doklam effect Doklam standoff with China at the Nathu La border in Sikkim.IAF had also tried to look at Chushul for developing an airfield but it did not seem to be a viable project and is more interested in the development of Nyoma where the air strip was last used in the 1960s. The work at this airfield has remained halted for a while now. Located at a height of 13,000 feet, Nyoma airfield may now just get a new lease of life as developing an airfield in Chushul is reportedly not feasible.India is also upgrading all its seven Advance Landing Grounds (ALGs) in Arunachal Pradesh, some of which have already been activated. IAF’s C-130J Super Hercules planes have already landed there. Through a plan approved at the army’s commanders’ conference in New Delhi earlier in October, roads will be constructed in the area that leads up to the Uttarakhand border to make the region more accessible for the army. ” Doklam effect Air Force is said to be looking for airfields in the region, from where its aircraft can conveniently take off and land as and when required.The Uttarakhand border has in the past seen the presence of Chinese troops. The PLA had, in July, briefly infiltrated into India through the Barahoti region of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district. “On both occasions [on July 15 and July 25] about 15-20 Chinese soldiers transgressed into the territory at Barahoti that India and China lay claim upon. The soldiers stayed there for a while and returned,” a source told the daily. It was also said that such transgressions in the area were commonplace. Apart from Uttarakhand, the army will also enhance the infrastructure in a few other regions. “To that end, four passes — Niti, Lipu lekh, Thang La 1, and Tsangchokla — will be connected by 2020 on priority,” Lt General Vijay Singh said.
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