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Prime Minister Narendra Modi may visit Siachen on August 12

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi may soon visit Indian Army's forward posts in the Siachen Glacier, the highest battlefield in the world, during his tour of Ladakh.The Prime Minister will be visiting Leh and
PTI August 07, 2014 11:17 IST
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi may soon visit Indian Army's forward posts in the Siachen Glacier, the highest battlefield in the world, during his tour of Ladakh.

The Prime Minister will be visiting Leh and Kargil districts of Jammu and Kashmir later this month to dedicate two hydroelectric projects and lay the foundation stone of a electricity transmission line.

Sources said that the Prime Minister may also visit Indian Army posts in Siachen in that area during that time.

Meanwhile, sources in Indian Army said that newly appointed Chief of Army Staff Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag is also planning to visit the area in second week of the month.

Army posts are located in the Siachen at altitudes ranging from 17,000 feet to 23,000 feet along the Actual Ground positioning Line (AGPL) with Pakistan.

Pakistan has been seeking the withdrawal of Indian troops from there as a confidence-building measure but this has been opposed by the Army and the Defence Ministry which say the heights are of strategic importance.

The Prime Minister was invited by the then Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh to visit the Siachen Glacier to boost the morale of the troops and show solidarity with them.

Power Minister Piyush Goyal had earlier this week stated that ‘probably next week or the week thereafter, the Prime Minister will visit Leh to dedicate two projects in Leh and Kargil as also lay the foundation stone for an transmission line from Leh to Kargil and on to Srinagar'.