China has set up three mobile towers close to the Indian vicinity near Hot Springs in Ladakh. The herders stated when they were returning from their pasturelands that Beijing is trying to build a settlement and expand its military presence in the area where the armies of India and China clashed against each other in 2020. China has already built a bridge over the Pangong lake.
This has been tweeted by Konchak Stanzin, councilor (Chushul) of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), along with a picture of the newly erected mobile towers by China.
Chushul is situated in the Durbuk tehsil in the Leh district of Ladakh. The Line of Actual Control is about 8–km east of Chushul.
No 4G facilities
“We don’t even have 4G facilities in human habitation villages. 11 villages in my constituency have no 4G facilities, “Stanzin said,” adding, “We should also install 4G towers on our side.”
The hot spring is located across Marsimik La (a Ladakhi pass), 22 kilometres from Phobrang village, which is a 5–6 hour drive east of Leh.
Coming shortly after China completed a bridge on Pangong Tso (a lake in Ladakhi), Stanzin said the cell towers at Hot Springs indicate a plan to build dual-use infrastructure for settling graziers and may also be enhancing troops. They are known to launch 4G service wherever there is a large troop presence. The dual-use infrastructure can be used by additional troops, “Stanzin said.
Earlier in January, India opposed China’s illegal construction of a bridge on part of the Pangong Lake in Eastern Ladakh and said that it was monitoring the situation.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that the bridge is being constructed in areas that have been under illegal occupation by China for around 60 years now.
China does some illegal activities near Ladakh and Leh from time to time. India needs to take action against the Chinese movement near the border.