The tensions with China in eastern Ladakh could eventually result in increased permanent deployment of forces in the Ladakh sector of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), in what could be termed as the “LoC-isation” of the LAC, ThePrint has learnt.
With higher deployment, some vantage points could get physical posts instead of being left open to risks of possible incursion by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), said sources in the defence and security establishment.
The cost of permanent deployment in some forward areas will be high for India, but it will be higher for China as PLA troops have never had tenures in such harsh terrain, which the Indians are used to due to the Siachen and Line of Control deployments, said the sources.
Another possibility could be having a bigger reserve in depth areas than what was there before May when tensions grew, and a much larger surveillance system in place for observation of Chinese movement, said the sources.
India’s move on the southern banks of the Pangong Tso on the night of 29/30 August is the first instance of India changing tactics at the LAC and moving in to dominate territories claimed by both the sides.