As part of troop disengagement, China has reportedly dismantled its makeshift jetty built at ‘Finger 5’ on the north bank of Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh.
The country is also levelling a helipad as well as all fortifications and gun positions built last year.
Amid LAC row, India and China had signed an agreement, under which the disengagement of troops kicked off on February 10.
The pact agreed that all structures constructed in the ‘Finger’ area (mountainous spurs) by the two sides since last April will be dismantled and the “landforms restored” as the rival troops withdraw to their old positions, TOI reported.
While the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops of China are withdrawing in batches to the east of Finger 8 at Sirijap, the Indian Army are pulling back westwards to their Dhan Singh Thapa post between Finger 2 and Finger 3.
The PLA is also removing the 80-meter-long signage it had created with Mandarin symbols and maps between Finger 4 and Finger 5, which was designed to be visible from the air, to claim it as Chinese territory.
After this phase-I disengagement is completed towards this weekend, the 10-km stretch between Finger 3 and Finger 8 will be designated a temporary ‘no-patrol area’ for the foreseeable future.
A similar pullback of rival troops is taking place on the south bank of Pangong Tso Kailash range heights in the Chushul sector, from where tanks and other major weapon systems were withdrawn in the first couple of days.