Dy CM Chowna Mein visited Bumla (Pass), the border point between India and China located at an altitude of 15200 feet along the ‘Line of Actual Control’ some 37 km from Tawang in the sideline of Tawang Festival today.
Bumla is one of the most offbeat passes in the world and is also referred to as the pass from where His Holiness the Dalai Lama entered India escaping from Tibet. Covered with snow in most part of the year, it is a tourist hotspot and the visit of Civilian tourist of India is permissible only with the permission from Indian Army.
During his visit, Deputy Chief Minister observed that the establishments in the border areas are very Indian and symbolizes Patriotism.
He interacts with personnel of Indian Army at Bumla and expressed his gratitude to the defense personnel for guarding the nation in the border areas under challenging and extreme climate. Lauding the selfless services rendered by them, he said that he honour and salute the martyrdom, for their bravery and sacrificed in safeguarding the nation.
Col Rajesh of 14 Punjab Regimen appraised the visiting dignitaries about the peaceful co-existence between the Armies of two countries along the border areas. He informed that it is one of the officially agreed Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) point between the Military Commanders of Indian Armies and the People’s Liberation Army of China for regular consultations and interactions between the two armies. The ‘Maitry Sthal’ (friendship point), with halls constructed on Indian side at Bumla is the venue of the Indian BPM which are held on 26th January, 30th May and 15th August by Indian Army and the Chinese BPM on 1st & 30th October by the PLA of China every year. Apart from the military dialoque, the meetings are accompanied by cultural programmes from both sides.
Colonel also informed that the ‘Heap of Stones’ located at Bumla is a symbol of friendship, peace and tranquility, which now prevails at this battle ground of 1962.
Dy CM was accompanied by MLAs Olom Panyang, Tsering Tashi, Laisam Simai, Dr Mohesh Chai and Kaling Moyong and SE PWD Ambuj Atreya.
The dignitaries also visited famous ‘Galden Namgyal Lhatse’, commonly known as the Tawang Monastery and the Shungatser Lake.