Why bathing may no longer be a ‘luxury’ for Indian soldiers deployed at the Siachen glacier - the world’s highest battlefield
BI India BureauJan 3, 2019, 10.40 AM
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- Indian soldiers deployed at
Siachen glacierare likely to get home-grown waterless body hygiene products that will allow them to bathe.
- Soldiers guarding India’s disputed border with
Chinaare deprived of bathing for as long as three months.
- Soldiers serving at the glacier find it difficult to find water for personal use due to extreme weather conditions.
Now waterless bathing products developed by researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi are being dispatched to the soldiers. These products can reportedly be used even in extreme weather conditions of under 60 degrees centigrade, reported the Hindustan Times.
Water Scarcity remains one of the major challenges for soldiers who are located at checkpoints as high as 21,700 feet. Every soldier has to live without bathing for about three months of their stay. Other options like melting the ice aren’t feasible because it requires a lot of fuel.
The products have already been tested and ordered by a Kolkata-based Eastern Command that keeps a check on India’s disputed border with China.
At any given point of time,
While the Eastern Command has already ordered thousands of products, other troops in high-altitude areas including Siachen are likely to get these products sooner.
With the latest waterless hygiene products, the soldiers will be able to bathe twice a week. In order to get a full body wash around 20 ml gel is sufficient, according to the report.
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