Leh Current Affairs - 2019

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Maitri Bridge: Longest Suspension Bridge

Indian Army built the longest suspension bridge over Indus river in Leh in just 40 days and the bridge is named as Maitri Bridge.

Maitri Bridge

  • The bridge was constructed by the combat engineers of ‘Sahas aur Yogyata’ regiment of ‘Fire and Fury Corps’ of the Indian Army.
  • The bridge is 260-feet long.
  • This cable suspension bridge is expected to give a major boost to connectivity in remote areas in Ladakh.
  • The bridge is constructed using around 500 tonnes of bridge equipment and construction material.
  • Maitri Bridge has been dedicated to the people of India to commemorate the 20th year of Kargil Vijay Divas.

The bridge is part of the central government plans to all-weather road connectivity in the region.

Month: Categories: Defence & SecurityUPSC

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Special Stamps on Ice Stupa Released

India Post released a special stamp cover on Ice Stupa in Leh at an event in the presence of Himalayan Institute of Alternatives Ladakh founder Sonam Wangchuk who spearheaded the Ice Stupa initiative.

Ice Stupa

  • Ice Stupas refer to the artificial glaciers which freeze and hold the water that keeps flowing and wasting away down the streams and into the rivers throughout the winter.
  • Instead, the water from these artificial glaciers melt in the springtime, just when the fields need
  • Leh lies in the cold desert region and most villages in the region face acute water shortage, particularly during the two crucial months of April and May when there is little water in the streams whereas in June there is an excess of water and even flash flooding due to the fast melting of the snow and glaciers in the mountains.
  • By September all farming activities end and yet a smaller stream flow throughout the winter steadily but wastefully going into the Indus river without being of use to anybody.
  • Hence the idea of ice stupa from artificial glaciers which store this wasting winter water in the form of ice mountains that melt and feed the farms when water is most needed by the farmers was initiated.

Ice Stupas are aimed at reducing water crisis in the region and also to convey a message to the world that how the Mountain people are forced to do such innovative ideas to solve the water crises, Ice Stupas also sends a message to all the people who live in big cities to not use resources in such a way that it creates problem for mountain people.

Month: Categories: Environment & BiodiversityUPSC

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