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COL CHEWANG RINCHEN SETU

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated `Col Chewang Rinchen Setu’, a strategically important bridge, over Shyok river in Ladakh region.

Key Features

  • Sandwiched between strategic Karakoram and Chang Chenmo ranges, the ‘Col Chewang Rinchen Setu’ is a 430-metre bridge built at an altitude of about 15,000 feet using Micro Piling Technology.
  • It is India’s highest altitude all-weather permanent bridge, located in eastern Ladakh at nearly 45 km from the country’s border with China.
  • It is strategically located on the 255-km Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie (DSDBO) section of the road between Leh and Karakoram Pass.
  • The bridge was christened after ‘Lion of LadakhCol Chewang Rinchen for his extraordinary acts of courage in defending Leh and Partapur sector.
  • The bridge has been constructed by the 50 Border Road Task Force under the Project Himank of the Border Roads Organisation.
  • The bridge’s superstructure is called ‘Extra Wide Bailey Bridge’ and it has 10 spans of 140 ft each and its width is 4.25 m.
  • The construction has been completed in record time within 15 months.

Significance

  • The construction of the bridge is part of the strategic roads under construction to facilitate faster movement of the military.
  • Keeping in view the current security situation, strengthening Indian borders is the need of the hour.
  • Border area development is an integral part of Central Government’s plan and the bridge is a part of that strategy.
  • The bridge not only connects Durbuk with Daulat Beg Oldie but also links the people of Ladakh and all interior areas of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the country.

Opening of Siachen for Tourism

  • Defence Minister has announced after inaugurating Col Chewang Rinchen Setu that the Siachen area is now open for tourists and tourism.
  • There is already a civil trek from the Siachen Base Camp to the Kumar post located at about 15,500 feet facilitated by the Army.
  • While it was supposed to be annual, it was cancelled on several occasions due to weather and border tensions.

About Siachen Glacier

  • It is located in the Eastern Karakoram range in the Himalayas, just northeast of Point NJ9842 where the Line of Control between India and Pakistan ends.
  • It is the Second-Longest glacier in the World’s Non-Polar areas.
  • It is the world’s highest battlefield.
  • It is part of Ladakh which has now been converted into a Union Territory.

[Source: PIB, Business Standard]

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