How 7-Hour Journey On Mule Track To Doklam Now Takes Army Only 40 Minutes

Carpeting of the new road between Bheem Base and Flag Hill-Dokala done by the Border Roads Organisation.

New Delhi: 

A journey to the Indian Army’s strategic Dokala base, which stands at the edge of the disputed Doklam plateau near Sikkim, now takes no more than 40 minutes on an all-weather black tarred road that has no restrictions on its load carrying capacity.

When the Indian Army was engaged in a tense standoff with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in Doklam in 2017, access to the base used to take upto seven hours on a mule track.

According to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), the newly surfaced Bheem Base-Dokala road “was black topped on a war footing”, enabling “defence preparedness of the country in the wake of any enemy aggression”. Work on the road, which was authorised in 2015 before the standoff, began in right earnest “”despite heavy movement of operational resources due to the standoff at Dokala”, the BRO said.

Map of the all-weather road to the army’s Dokala base.

What’s more, a second all-weather road to Dokala on the Flag Hill-Dokala axis will be completed by 2020. This road on the Flag Hill-Madhubala-Dokala route “”passes through steep terrain at an altitude ranging from 3601 to 4200 metres (11,811 feet to 13,779 feet)”, according to the Border Roads Organisation. The route connects several important strategic posts, the names of which are being withheld in this report. 10 km of this road have already been…

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