Army engineers have finished a 60-metre bridge over Galwan river in eastern Ladakh that would consolidate India’s hold of the sensitive sector by allowing Indian infantry to maneuver throughout the cold mountain river plus protect the 255 km strategic road from Darbuk to Daulat Beg Oldie, the last military post just south in the Karakoram Pass, top officials told Hindustan Times. The bridge was built through the formation engineers in spite of the PLA showing hostile moves in the region to force Indian Army to abandon the project.
Before Western Theatre Command of PLA made an “exaggerated” claim to the entire Galwan river Valley, 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.
A senior government official said the bridge was completed on Thursday, signalling how the border infrastructure upgrade projects being executed from the formation engineers and also the Border Roads Organisation continues despite the PLA’s attempts to stall them.
The four-span bridge is positioned three kilometres east with 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 has been the internet site in the June 15 fisticuffs, is next to the Y-junction the location where the Galwan rivulet joins the primary river. An Indian army base camp, called ‘120 km camp’ is around the confluence of the two rivers and near the DSDBO road.
“We did not pause work with this bridge throughout the stand-off and kept working inspite of the violent face-off on June 15,” a senior army officer said.
Chinese People tall claim of holding the entire Galwan river valley is definitely an make an effort to lower the Indian claim line to 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 with regards to access and military mobilisation and is also considered vital to protection of indian strategic interests. With Indian Army vehicles now to be able to cross the Galvan River, the troops have other military options available from the aggressive PLA in the event of worst scenario. The bridge replaces a footbridge around the Galwan River.