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India is bolstering its border defenses in Arunachal Pradesh with the construction of next-generation bunkers at Sela Pass. These climate-controlled shelters, designed to withstand harsh Himalayan conditions, prioritize soldier comfort and combat effectiveness.

These bunkers seamlessly integrate with existing border infrastructure and leverage eco-friendly technologies. Solar and geothermal energy power air conditioning systems, ensuring a comfortable environment for troops even in extreme temperatures as low as -30°C. This not only improves soldier well-being but also promotes alertness and readiness.

Recognizing the psychological toll of harsh environments, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has incorporated “Project Dhruv” into the bunker design. These features create a stress-reducing space within the bunkers, allowing soldiers to unwind and maintain mental resilience.

The Indian Army is also exploring innovative solutions like 3D-printed bunkers for swift deployment along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). These compact shelters can house three soldiers and offer vantage points for border surveillance. Additionally, reports suggest these 3D-printed bunkers can withstand a direct hit from a main battle tank, further enhancing soldier safety.

This initiative represents just one aspect of India’s comprehensive border security strategy. The army utilizes various bunker types strategically, including bulletproof bunkers, underground survival bunkers, and modular bunkers, each designed to address specific operational needs.