After the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, India is now planning to open the World’s Highest Battle Field – Siachen Glacier for its citizens. Indian Army as reported by Economic Times is planning to make several high altitude military locations like Siachen open to the common citizens for tourism. This plan was recently revealed by the Chief of Indian Army, Bipin Rawat during a military seminar.
Curiosity Among Citizens For Operational Challenges of Army: Bipin Rawat
The Chief of the Indian Army said during the seminar that there’s increased curiosity about the Indian Army and its operational challenges among the citizens of India. He further added that by allowing citizens to see forward posts of the Indian Army, it will promote national integration and hence Siachen may be made accessible to the common people of the country.
Siachen is a part of Ladakh which will be recognised as a Union Territory with effect from October 31, 2019, owning to the bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Siachen: World’s Highest Battle Field
Siachen is the world’s highest battlefield and thousands of Indian troops are deployed there who endure adverse weather conditions and severe operational challenges.
Here the weather conditions and perilous terrains present a larger danger than bullets and grenades. As per the Army Sources, the tourists who visit Jammu and Kashmir have also been demanding to have access to the strategic Tiger Hill which was one of the most important features at stake during the Kargil war of 1999.