Plan to set up surveillance net along LAC had been in play for some time. Number of PLA tents at Charding Nallah has come down compared to last year. Indian Army, PLA set to hold 12th round of talks over the Ladakh standoff in the days to come

New Delhi: De-escalation between the Indian Army and Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) in eastern Ladakh is far from complete. Both forces have been engaged in an intense military standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) since May of last year.

The Indian Army has now deployed motion-sensitive cameras and sensors to monitor Chinese activity in forward areas along the LAC. The equipment includes PTZ (pan tilt zoom) cameras and sensors, sources told India Today.

Such state-of-the-art equipment will not only enable the Indian Army to keep track of the adversary but also send out a timely warning in case of any escalations.

The plan to set up a surveillance net along the LAC had been in play for some time but the military standoff in eastern Ladakh has prompted the top brass to fast-track the process, added sources.

A proposal to use motion-sensitive cameras and sensors along the LAC in eastern Ladakh was even made to the Parliamentary standing committee on Defence a few years ago.

Status of De-Escalation In Eastern Ladakh

It is only now coming to light that the number of tents set up by the Chinese PLA at Charding Nallah in Demchok in eastern Ladakh has come down. This disputed area is around 10 km from the spot where an escalation was recorded in the summer of last year.

The number of tents, in which PLA men reside as civilians, had gone up to around 10 during the escalation last year.

Even in 2019, the Charding Nallah had become a point of contention when Chinese troops had pitched tents on the spot. The move had resulted in opposition from the Indian side, sources said.

The Charding Nallah is also the area near Demchok sector where Indian troops have been deployed in large numbers to counter any eventuality.

Sources said India and China will further discuss disengagement during the 12th round of talks to be held in the next few days. The Chinese had suggested that the talks be held on July 26.

However, India had sought a different date for the talks since July 26 is celebrated as Kargil Vijay Diwas in honour of the Indian Army's victory over Pakistan in 1999.