Siachen Glacier today is a part of Ladakh, which is now an Indian Territory.
The Siachen Glacier is the world’s highest battlefield and is maintained by thousands of Indian Troops round the year.
The army has not yet decided on the procedures and the particular positions, where it could allow tourists.
After article 370 gave a special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the army is planning to open up several high altitude military locations, like the Siachen Glacier for the citizens of India.
The plan was recently brought to light by the Army Chief General Bipin Rawat in the midst of the seminar attended by several officers including the senior lieutenant generals.
“During the conference, the Army Chief stated that there is increased curiosity about the army and its operational challenges “, top army resources said.
“ The chief further said that this would be great for national integration. As the force has been allowing citizens to visit training centers and institutions, we now plan to open some forward posts like Siachen Glacier as well “, they said.
The Siachen Glacier, as known to all, is a part of Ladakh, which is now converted into a Union Territory by Narendra Modi government, by separating it from the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which has also been turned into a Union Territory. Sources report that the army has not yet decided about the procedures and the particular positions, where it would allow tourists.
The Siachen Glacier is considered to be the world’s highest battlefield and is maintained by thousands of Indian Troops round the year, where extreme cold conditions and the treacherous glacier terrain are the bigger enemies than the bullets of the enemies.
Army sources reported that the Indians visiting Ladakh or the nearby sources are frequently requesting permission to visit the famous Kargil war positions as well like the Tiger hill where the army fought the Pakistanis.
On being asked that whether there would be any opposition to the Army’s plan from Pakistan, sources said that the entire area belonged to India and the Indian Administration is held responsible to decide on thee matters.
Since 2007, Indians have allowed the civilians to trek from Siachen Base Camp to high altitude locations in the Siachen Glacier which is around 11,000 feet at the base camp and goes beyond 21,000 feet at the higher reaches.
After the center had read down the Article 370 last month, Pakistan has been trying to rake up the issue at the International stage, but India has defended the decision, calling it to be an Internal Matter.