India has been capable in boosting its defence capability near the Ladakh region. The ruling government of the country has opened a strategic bridge over Shyok River connecting Ladakh with the China border.
The construction work of this bridge has been completed in record time on the river Shyok. It rises in one of the branches of the Siachen Glacier in the Karakoram. The name of the river ‘Shyok’ meaning “The River of Death” in the local Ladakhi/Yarkandi language.
This bridge built in eastern Ladakh, will enable the military to speed up the dispatch of its forces to the Line of Actual Control- a demarcated border between India and China.
The bridge provides an all-weather connectivity to the Indian armed forces. It links Durbuk in Leh to the world highest Advance Landing Ground – Daulet Beg Oldie (DBO) – located at an altitude of 16,000 feet above sea-level.
This bridge is designed as such that it can bear the weight of India’s heaviest 69-tonne battle tanks.
On Monday, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the bridge. He dedicated it to the nation. And named the ‘Colonel Chewang Rinchen Bridge’ at Shyok River in Ladakh. “This bridge has completed in record time. It will provide all-weather connectivity in the region. And also be a strategic asset in the border areas,” Singh said.
As per the Indian Defence Ministry, the bridge measures 1,400-feet long at an altitude of around 13,000 feet. It will cut the journey from 14 hrs to mere 6.5 hrs.
Earlier In September, the Indian Armed forces carried out some massive war games in this area including the deployment of mechanised forces with force multipliers integrating high technology platform.
Ladakh is a contentious region between India and China. Recently soldiers of both these countries involved in a run-in. It had occurred when Chinese troops objected to the presence of an Indian Army patrol in the northern bank of Pangong Tso Lake.
India and China share nearly a distance of 4,000 km border and, aside from the middle sector, most of the region has a disputed border, including Arunachal Pradesh, which China calls “South Tibet”.