New Delhi, April 26 (KMS): Continuing with its hegemonic designs, India is constructing underground caverns for storage of ammunition at four locations facing Pakistan and China in the Himalayas.

English daily Tribune India in a report said Indian Army and National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) have joined hands to construct the underground caverns. It said that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed on Thursday.

The report said that the Indian Army had sought the services of the NHPC since it had a huge experience in making dams with underground tunnels in the mountains. It said, the Army’s size of ammunition storage caverns is almost the same strength as what tunnels are made for dams by the NHPC.

The report said that these ammunition storage caverns (large caves) would come up at key locations facing China and Pakistan and each of them would have storage capacity of 200 metric tonnes. A range of ammunition used by the Army – bullets, rockets, anti-tank, surface-to-air missiles etc. can be stored in the caverns, it added.

The report said that the Indian Army had earlier tried to make these caverns on its own in Sikkim and Tawang. “However, seepage, dampness and other geological challenges hampered the plans. In November last year, the Army approached the NHPC,” it said.

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