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Siachen area in Ladakh now open for tourists: Rajnath Singh

"The Ladakh MP in his address mentioned about opening this area to tourism. And, I am happy to share that the government has decided to open a route from Siachen Base Camp to Kumar Post for tourists," the minister said.

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Siachen is the world’s highest battlefield. (File)

The government Monday announced its decision to open the Siachen area, the world’s highest battlefield, for tourists. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the government has decided to open the entire area from Siachen base camp to Kumar Post for tourism purposes.

“Ladakh has tremendous potential in Tourism. Better connectivity in Ladakh would certainly bring tourists in large numbers. The Siachen area is now open for tourists and Tourism. From Siachen Base Camp to Kumar Post, the entire area has been opened for Tourism purposes,” said Singh, who was in eastern Ladakh to inaugurate Col Chewang Rinchin Bridge on Shyok River, located about 45 km from the county’s border with China.

“The step has been taken to give people a window to appreciate the tough work done by Army jawans and engineers in extreme weather and inhospitable terrains,” Singh said.

“The Ladakh MP in his address mentioned about opening this area to tourism. And, I am happy to share that the government has decided to open a route from Siachen Base Camp to Kumar Post for tourists,” the minister said.

“This step will make them appreciate the efforts put in by jawans, engineers and other workers,” he added.

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Ladakh: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh unveils a plaque on inaugurating the newly-constructed ‘Colonel Chewang Rinchen Bridge’ at Shyok River, in Ladakh, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (Twitter/PTI Photo)

The 1400-ft long bridge, inaugurated by the Union minister, is the highest altitude permanent bridge that will connect Durbuk and Daulat Beg Oldi and reduce travel time by about half.

At the bridge inauguration, he said, only steel and concrete have not gone into its making, but “sweat and valour” of the engineers and workers of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) too.

They have toiled hard and people should know their stories, Singh said.

(Inputs from PTI)