The Hush Post| 13:27 pm |one-minute-read
Soldiers at Siachen glacier will be able to bathe soon. Till now, bathing was a strict no-no till the time they were in Siachen for a period of three months. Siachen is at a height of 21,700 feet.
The soldiers are likely to be supplied with indigenously-developed waterless body hygiene products. Kolkata-based Eastern Command, which is responsible for guarding India’s disputed border with China, has tested and ordered the products.
India deploys around 3,000 soldiers at any given time on the glacier, where temperatures can drop to minus 60 degrees. Guarding the strategic glacier costs Rs five crore to seven crore daily.
“Soldiers deployed along the Line of Actual Control with China in the Northeast have found waterless bath products very useful. Based on that feedback, the Eastern Command has ordered thousands of bottles of these products. Troops in other high-altitude areas including Siachen will also get these products,” said one of the officials as per The Hindustan Times.
Almost 80 per cent posts on the glacier are located above 16,000 feet, with Bana towering above the rest at 21,753 feet.
Soldiers have to trek for almost 28 days covering a stretch of 128 km to reach some of the farthest pickets on the glacier, one of the most desolate places on this planet.
“Every soldier deployed on the glacier goes without a bath for 90 days. That won’t be the case anymore. The waterless body hygiene products will allow them to bathe at least twice a week. About 20 ml gel is good enough for a full body wash,” said the second official.
The Army Design Bureau (ADB), which was inaugurated in August 2016 to promote research and development and act as a bridge between the force and the private sector to meet the army’s requirements, has facilitated the availability of waterless body wash. New Delhi’s Indian Institute of Technology has developed the hygiene products.