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Ahead of Modi's visit, army chief visits Siachen

Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times  Jammu, August 11, 2014
First Published: 08:43 IST(11/8/2014) | Last Updated: 13:25 IST(11/8/2014)

Army chief General Dalbir Singh visited the Siachen glacier two-day ahead of the proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Jammu. The army chief in his first visit to this border region, bordering China and Pakistan, arrived on a three-day visit, which is quite significant.

Defence spokesperson in a statement said the army chief will receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is scheduled to visit Leh and Kargil on August 12. The Prime minister is also scheduled to visit the Siachen Glaciers. The visit of the army chief almost confirms Modi’s visit to Siachen. The army chief had an interaction with the army commander Northern Command and General Officer Commanding 14 Corps based in Leh on the security environment. The army chief applauded the efforts of the soldiers stationed in Siachen.

The army chief is likely to brief Modi about the ground situation along the borders on his arrival in Leh. The army chief will also visit forward posts in eastern Ladakh and will review the defence preparedness there.

The BJP government is likely to give more focus on the infrastructure development in this border region with a broader aim of building more logistics for speedy movement of troops to catch up with its neighbour.

It has already been announced to speed up work on the Zojila tunnel and construction of the Zanskar-Leh road, which was first announced by the then Vajpayee government but not much headway was made during the successive governments led by the Congress at the Centre.

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