Mr. Tarun Vijay, member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha has become the first sitting MP to walk four days on Zanskar Chadar in Ladakh in chilling winter temperature ranging from minus 20 degree C to minus 28 degree C. In this trek, considered the most difficult in the world, the camps were based on the frozen riverbanks and also in the mountain caves.
In a communication sent from Leh, Ladakh, Tarun Vijay said he undertook this extremely difficult walk on the frozen Zanskar river, to understand the difficult life of villagers on the China border and also to salute the Jawans who keep a vigil on the extremely demanding front. He was felicitated by the leaders of BJP in Leh led By Shri Thusptan Chhewing and a strong contingent from Zanskar valley, which remains cut off from the rest of the region, ironically in summer and the only fast way to reach these villages is to walk on the frozen Zanskar river in the winter. Tarun Vijay said that the pathetic condition of roads, power supply and lack of communication system is unbelievable in this sensitive border area.
Not only the basic facilities are unavailable but the smuggling to China is also on an increase. In October last, sandalwood logs being sent to china via Changthang border were captured and the police told Mr. Traun Vijay that huge quantity of drugs, mainly Keera Ghaas, brought specially from Uttarakhand is smuggled to China via these areas of Ladakh. He will be submitting his Zanskar Report to party president Mr. Nitin Gadkari and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh too. Press Release