New Delhi: Army personnel posted in high
altitude areas along the China and Pakistan borders will soon
be shifted to better shelters equipped with facilities like
central heating system and hot water supply.
Following the successful completion of pilot project,
launched last year by Defence Minister A K Antony, the army
engineers have started constructing fibre-glass accommodations
for the troops posted in high altitude areas beyond 14,000
"These accommodations would be equipped with generators
and facilities like central heating system, hot water, bio-
digesters and insulated material to preserve heat in extremely
cold climates. In another two years, all the posts in high
altitude areas will have these shelters," an army official
said here today.
The issue of providing better and comfortable
accommodations to the troops posted in difficult areas was
discussed by top commanders during the ongoing Army
Commanders Conference here.
"It is going to be a big morale booster for the troops.
It will significantly reduce the cases of chilblain and
exposure to extremely low temperature," the official said.
The light-weight and pre-fabricated shelters have been
designed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation
keeping in mind the logistics requirement of army units.
Facilities like bio-digesters and hot water availability
will further improve the hygiene standards of troops.