Army to organize 'ARMEX' program to increase war-tourism on LAC adjoining East Ladakh

In order to increase war-tourism in the disputed areas of LAC, the Indian Army is going to organize a special 'ARMEX' program. The E-flagging of this program will be done from the capital Delhi on Wednesday.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Mar 01, 2021 18:11 IST
Army to organize 'ARMEX' program to increase war-tourism on LAC adjoining East Ladakh
Ladakh

It has been recently reported that In order to increase war-tourism in the disputed areas of LAC adjoining eastern Ladakh, the Indian Army is going to organize a special 'ARMEX' program.

Competitions like skiing and mountaineering will be organized in this program from the program pass of East Ladakh to the disputed Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand.

The E-flagging of this program will be done from the capital Delhi on Wednesday. According to Army Headquarters sources, the program named 'Armex-21' is aimed at attracting tourists to the remote border areas.

Because of the arrival of Indian tourists in these remote and less residential areas, India wants to reject the claims of its neighboring countries, due to which they have been claiming these deserted areas.

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According to sources, these areas have been part of India for many centuries. However, now the army has a presence in these areas, yet due to the absence of 'civilian population here, other countries (like China) continue to claim these areas.

This is the reason that more and more 'footfall' of tourists here will help counter the claims of China and other neighbors (and counter-countries).

According to the information, only the army soldiers will be involved in the skiing competition to be held at Karakoram Pass in East Ladakh. But common citizens will also be able to participate in the programs to be held in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Apart from skiing, mountaineering has also been made a part of this special Armex event.

In the year 2019, then Army Chief General Bipin Rawat (now CDS) had prepared a plan to open some beautiful areas of Siachen and Arunachal Pradesh to tourists. But due to the confrontation with Covid and then China, this plan got stuck in the balance.

But after the latest dispute with China, there is an attempt to bring this plan back on track. There is a plan to open Kibithu and Tuting in Arunachal Pradesh for tourists.

As per reports, one of the motives for opening these remote areas for walk-tourism is that China has also moved to its new village in areas very close to the LAC ie Line of Actual Control. These villages have been set up for Chinese ex-servicemen and can also be converted into soldiers' barracks in times of war.

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But on the other side of LAC, that is, Indian-claimed areas are still completely military areas where the movement of common people is completely forbidden.

In such a situation, China has been claiming these areas as disputed. Seeing these Chinese antics, the army recently opened the world-famous Pangong-Tso Lake in eastern Ladakh to tourists.

For the last nine months, India and China are in dispute over LAC adjacent to eastern Ladakh.

Although disengagement agreements have been reached between the armies of the two countries north (Finger Area) and South (Kailash Hill Range) of Pangong-Tso Lake, the Depsang Plain, Gogra, Hot-Spring, and Demchok adjoining the Karakoram Pass are still conflict-prone areas.