Siachen: Taking forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda of Swachh Bharat, the Indian army carried out the cleanliness drive at Siachen, the highest battlefield in the world.
Siachen is a place where everything is ferried from the hinterland. It is a logistics challenge to move all types of waste out of the glacier so that these do not become environmental hazard. Army continues to take steps to ensure hygiene at the highest battle field, the Defence Ministry said.
“The prime motive of the drive is to maintain ecological balance of Siachen glacier. Since the launch of the campaign in October 2014, Siachen troops have removed and sent back more than 63 tonnes of garbage to the base,” the Ministry added.
A huge amount of garbage has been brought back through man-pack loads, porters, ponies and sometimes returning helicopters. These loads of garbage include packing material, barrels and perishables.
The garbage are buried in deep trenches dug mechanically in areas on arrival of the trash to disposal areas, which are not on run of the rivers and where landmass is not fragile.