Army to build new bunkers in Sikkim to bolster defence along Chinese border
Preparing itself to defend against any future aggression on the Chinese border, the Indian Army is building a large number of new bunkers in Sikkim as part of its efforts to strengthen the defences and replace old bunkers.
‘More than 1,000 new bunkers have been built in both the East and North Sikkim area in the last two years to protect against any aggression from across the LAC [Line of Actual Control],’ sources in the Army told Mail Today.
Sources said the new bunkers have been built to upgrade the defences in the Sikkim area as in recent years, there has been lot of Chinese activity happening near the trijunction brigade where the borders of India, China and Bhutan meet.
The new bunkers have been built by the Army using hollow block structures which are easy to transport and help in fast construction of buildings as they are assembled in plains and easily transported to hill areas, they said.
Both, the 17 Mountain Division and the 27 Division in the state, have been working in this direction and have almost completed the tasks assigned to them, the sources said.
India has been strengthening its long-neglected borders with China by reinforcing the posts on the border while creating new ones in areas which were left unattended for a long time after the 1962 war with China.
The bunkers built with hollow blocks also help in maintaining temperatures inside them in the harsh winter seasons.
The new bunkers also help in doing away with the practice of building ‘sangars’ made from sand, stone and mud.
The Army is also making a large number of bunkers along the eastern and northern borders as it is raising a new Mountain Strike Corps to tackle the threat perception from the Chinese side.
The government had changed its policy of keeping the infrastructure along the Chinese border in poor condition in the last decade.