The Present Context
On the Occasion of the inauguration strategically important bridge on the Shyok River in Eastern Ladakh Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the Siachen Glacier is open for tourists and tourism. In this article, we shall discuss the importance of this bridge and will also understand the geography of the Shyok river.
About Siachen Glacier
- It is present at a very high altitude and is the highest battlefield in the world.
- The high altitude of Siachem provides an upper hand to India for countering China and Pakistan.
- After independence, Pakistan illegally occupied this region but in 1984 this area was captured by India.
About the bridge on the Shyok River and its importance
- The name of this bridge is Colonel Chewang Rinchen Setu and has been constructed by Border Road Organisation(BRO).
- Colonel Chewang Rinchen was India's youngest ever recipient of the Maha Vir Chakara(awarded at age of 17).
- This bridge is 1400 feet long and is situated at the height of 14,650 feet and is constructed within a period of 15 months.
- This bridge will provide an all-weather movement of troops and equipment in the region that faces towards Pak and China region.
- This bridge will increase connectivity to Ladakh and provide opportunities for the government to promote tourism in the region.
- However, there is already an army facilitated civilian trek around the Siachen basecamp and it is expected that this activity will also receive a boost.
About Shyok River
- The Shyok river originates from Rimo and is the tributary of Indus River.
- After originating from the Rimo glacier, initially it flows in a southeasterly direction and after joining Pangong Range it takes a northwestern turn, flowing parallel to the previous path.
- Nubra River which originates from Siachen glacier is a tributary of the Shyok river and its direction of flow is very similar to the Shyok River.